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March 6, 2013, 5:30 AM

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Reuters:
Exclusive: Apple's Cook, music mogul Iovine discuss new music service  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc has held talks with Beats Electronics LLC, the audio technology firm co-founded by influential hip-hop producer Dr Dre and music mogul Jimmy Iovine, on a potential partnership involving Beats …
Fortune:
YouTube to launch music streaming service, take on Spotify  —  Exclusive: Google is planning to roll out a music streaming service to capitalize on the power of YouTube.  FORTUNE — YouTube, the world's largest digital repository of streaming media, will launch a subscription music service later this year.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Why Google Thinks Two Music Subscription Services Are Better Than None  —  Alrighty.  Time to start sorting out what Google is up to with music.  And why it thinks it may make sense to launch two different music subscription services.  —  Spoiler alert!  No one outside of a handful of Googlers really knows.
More: CNET
CNET:
The new $99 Roku 3: Overhauled interface, faster chip, and private listening mode (hands-on)  —  CNET Editors' Take  —  Roku is turning up the heat in the battle of the living room streaming boxes, announcing today its newest flagship model, the Roku 3 ($99).
Digits:
Samsung-Sharp Deal Could Reshape Tech Alliances  —  South Korea's Samsung Electronics is in talks to invest about $107 million in struggling Japanese electronics firm Sharp Corp. , a deal that not only highlights Korea's ascendancy over Japan as a global electronics giant, but could well reshape alliances in the competitive industry.
BBC:
Valve readies prototype Steam Box video game console  —  Gabe Newell is being given Bafta's highest accolade at the 2013 awards  —  Valve expects to offer prototypes of its upcoming video games console for testing within four months time.  —  The firm's chief executive Gabe Newell revealed …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Launches $1099 21.5-Inch iMac With 3.3 GHz Dual-Core i3 Processor for Educational Institutions  —  Apple appears to have quietly introduced an updated version of its low-end 21.5-inch iMac for educational institutions, taking advantage of a cheaper dual-core Intel Core i3 processor …
Alexis Santos / Engadget:
Google Play celebrates first birthday with week of free downloads and discounts  —  It's already been a year since the Android Market was renamed Google Play, and the folks in Mountain View are offering up a boatload of free party favors throughout the week to celebrate.
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Intel Capital makes a big bet on Android with investment in Bluestacks (exclusive)  —  Add Intel Capital to the growing list of companies eager to work with Bluestacks.  —  Intel has invested an undisclosed amount in the startup, BlueStacks told VentureBeat today.
More: PocketnowThanks:@johnnotjon
Andy Ihnatko / TechHive:
Why I switched from iPhone to Android  —  About a month and a half ago, I walked into an AT&T Store, handed over my iPhone 4S, and asked to be switched from my unlimited iPhone data plan to a new LTE data plan.  —  I bought the first-generation iPhone and I bought it early …
Reuters:
Venture capital kingpin Kleiner Perkins acknowledges weak results  —  (Reuters) - Blue-chip venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers expressed frustration with poor fund performance and promised to do better at gatherings for investors last month, according to people familiar with the discussions.
More: GeekWire and bizjournalsThanks:@gerryshih
Cade Metz / Wired:
Return of the Borg: How Twitter Rebuilt Google's Secret Weapon  —  John Wilkes says that joining Google was like swallowing the red pill in The Matrix.  —  Four years ago, Wilkes knew Google only from the outside.  He was among the millions whose daily lives so deeply depend on things like Google Search and Gmail and Google Maps.
More: Beyond SearchTweets: @qthrul
Jake Smith / Pocket-lint:
Google Play gift cards now available in the UK at Tesco and Morrisons  —  ?10, ?  25 and ?  50  —  Google has announced that Google Play gift cards are now available in the UK starting 6 March.??  —  Rolling out to all UK branches of Tesco and Morrisons in the coming weeks, users will be able to purchase ?
Andy Fixmer / Bloomberg:
Pandora Gains Access to $14 Billion Radio Ad-Sales Market  —  Pandora Media Inc. (P), the music- streaming service, will compete directly with radio stations for the first time on the industry's biggest advertising services, gaining better access to the $14 billion annual ad-sales market.

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Smartsheet:
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