March 5, 2013, 1:50 PM

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Rene Ritchie / iMore:
iPhone 5S planned for August, next iPads may debut as soon as April  —  iMore has learned that Apple is planning the release of the iPhone 5S for this summer, currently for August.  Next generation iPads, presumably the iPad 5 and potentially the iPad mini 2, may also debut as soon as this April.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Is Building A Same-Day Amazon Prime Competitor, “Google Shopping Express”  —  Google is stealthily preparing to launch an Amazon Prime competitor called “Google Shopping Express.”  According to one source the service will be $10 or $15 cheaper than Amazon Prime, so $69 or $64 a year …
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Google controls too much of China's smartphone sector: ministry  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc has too much control over China's smartphone industry via its Android mobile operating system and has discriminated against some local firms, the technology ministry said in a white paper.
YouTube to launch music streaming service, take on Spotify  —  Google planning to roll out service to capitalize on the vast power of YouTube.  —  By Ryan Bradley and Jessi Hempel  —  FORTUNE — YouTube, the world's largest digital repository of streaming media, will launch a subscription music service later this year.
Pew Research Center:
Twitter Reaction to Events Often at Odds with Overall Public Opinion  —  The reaction on Twitter to major political events and policy decisions often differs a great deal from public opinion as measured by surveys.  This is the conclusion of a year-long Pew Research Center study that compared …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple considered calling iPhone the ‘Telepod’, ‘Mobi’, ‘iPad’, or ‘Tripod’, former Apple ad man reveals  —  At an event at the University of Arizona's Department of Marketing, former Apple advertising lead Ken Segall has shared some additional details into the naming behind Apple's massively popular smartphone.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Google Maps for iOS updated with Google Contacts support, local search categories and more  —  Google Maps for iOS has been updated with a nice set of new features today, including the ability to sign in with Google Contacts to have your saved addresses at your finger tips.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft ViralSearch: tracking and identifying popular web content on Twitter  —  The concept of viral internet content or memes has been played out for a number of years, but Microsoft thinks it has mastered the solution to tracking exactly how web content gets popular.
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Tumblr to Introduce Mobile Advertising to Help Achieve Profit  —  Tumblr Inc., the six-year-old blog network that months ago began letting advertisers pay for prominent placement, expects to make its first annual profit this year after extending the feature to smartphones.
More: The VergeThanks:@sarahfrier
Jeremiah Rice / Android Police:
[New App] Opera Browser Beta, With Ground-Up Redesign And Webkit Rendering Engine, Is Live In The Play Store  —  Get those fingers ready, Opera fans: the biggest thing to happen to your favorite mobile browser in years has arrived.  Opera Software announced a new and retooled version …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Chamath Palihapitiya Confirms That His Social+Capital Partnership Has Raised A New Fund Of $275M+  —  Chamath Palihapitiya, the early Facebook executive who left the company in 2011 to launch The Social+Capital Partnership, said today that he has raised a second fund.
More: Pulse2 and VentureBeat
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases iBooks 3.1 with support for iBookstore in Japan, local content & improvements for reading Asian language books  —  Apple released version 3.1 of iBooks today on the App Store and with it comes hundreds of thousands of Japanese books to the iBookstore in Japan.
Alex Williams / TechCrunch:
VMware Exits Collaboration Market With Sale of SlideRocket To Clearslide, A Sales Engagement Platform  —  VMware is exiting the collaboration market with the sale of SlideRocket to Clearslide, which will use the rich slide creation too to buttress its service that offers sales people presentation capabilities …
More: GigaOM and ZDNet
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
The rise and fall of Andy Zaky  —  How an Internet-trained Apple analyst lost tens of millions of other peoples' money  —  FORTUNE — In the late 1990s, an ad agency creative director I'll call Joe Smith to protect his privacy bought several hundred shares of Apple (AAPL) at $60 apiece.
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
Verizon considering LTE-only phones in 2014 in push to lower subsidies  —  Soon after Verizon transitions to Voice over LTE for ordinary telephone calls around the end of the year, it could start selling phones without CDMA chipsets, reducing costs and associated subsidies, said the company's CFO Fran Shammo.
10 Reasons To Be More Optimistic About Broadband Than Susan Crawford Is  —  Susan Crawford thinks she sees the future of the Internet—and it isn't pretty: Cable companies monopolizing broadband, charging too much, withholding content and keeping speeds low, all in order to suppress disruptive innovation.
Dara Kerr / CNET:
Oracle issues emergency Java update to patch vulnerabilities  —  After hackers attack a new flaw in Java, “Oracle decided to release a fix for this vulnerability and another closely related bug as soon as possible.”  —  In response to discovering that hackers were actively exploiting …
Julie Bort / Business Insider:
Microsoft: No, We're Not Abandoning Our Anti-Google Campaign  —  Microsoft has no intention of completely ending its Google-bashing ad campaign, “Scroogled,” the company told Business Insider.  —  Reports flew on the Internet today that Microsoft would kill off the controversial effort …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
With phone unlocking still illegal, Sprint endorses using old phones on MVNO carriers  —  Sprint today announced the launch of a program its calling Bring Your Own Sprint Device (BYOSD), an initiative that allows the carrier's old, deactivated handsets to be freely used across any MVNO that piggybacks on Sprint's bands.

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