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March 8, 2013, 1:40 AM

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Facebook Newsroom:
A New Look for News Feed  —  Today we're announcing a new version of Facebook designed to reduce clutter and focus more on stories from the people you care about.  You see all the stories you saw in your News Feed before, but with a fresh new look.  We've completely rebuilt each story …
Rebecca Greenfield / The Atlantic Wire:
News Feed Is Facebook's New Jackpot  —  “Advertisers want really rich things like big pictures or videos,” Mark Zuckerberg said on the last earnings call for his social network, “and we haven't provided those things historically.”  Well, even though he didn't say the word “advertiser” …
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Record labels object to Apple's proposed 6-cents-per-100-songs royalty rate for streaming service  —  Apple has opened talks with record labels about getting rights for a music-streaming service — but has gotten plenty of push back because its offer is seen as way too cheap, The Post has learned.
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google's Motorola Unit to Cut 10% of Workforce  —  Google Inc.'s Motorola Mobility hardware unit has begun laying off about 1,200 employees, or more than 10% of its headcount, according to a company email reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, as the smartphone maker continues trying to return to profitability.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Google about to lose patent spat with Microsoft: German court inclined to ban Google Maps  —  [BREAKING NEWS during break at Munich patent trial; may still add more detail later]  —  Judge Dr. Matthias Zigann of the Munich I Regional Court just told Google and its Motorola Mobility subsidiary …
Bloomberg:
BlackBerry Z10 Said to Hit AT&T Stores on March 22 to Reach U.S.  —  BlackBerry's new Z10 device will go on sale with AT&T Inc. (T) on March 22 as the Canadian smartphone maker seeks a sales recovery in its biggest market, according to two people familiar with the plan.
Danny Yadron / Wall Street Journal:
Telecom Firms Seek to Curb Publicly Funded Web Services  —  WASHINGTON—Sensing a threat to their business model, telecom companies are pushing more states to curb the spread of publicly funded high-speed Internet access, arguing the networks could squash competition.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Loose Lips: Yahoo M&A Head Told Employees Company Looking at Two “Significant” and a Half-Dozen Small Buys  —  Lost in the sauce of the national work-from-home debate of last week that engulfed all things Yahoo, was a fascinating tidbit that several employees passed on to me from a recent Friday FYI meeting at its Silicon Valley HQ.
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
The history of Facebook as told through its ever-expanding list of profile fields  —  The Facebook profile in 2005, 2006, and 2007  —  An interesting new study (PDF) out of Carnegie Mellon University examines how students there, who first joined Facebook in 2005, have changed their privacy settings on the service over time.
Matthew Lynley / Digits:
Recommendation Engine Outbrain Acquires Editorial Data Startup Visual Revenue  —  Outbrain, a content-recommendation startup based in New York, is acquiring Visual Revenue, a startup that gives editors of news sites tools and data to help with decision-making when setting up page layouts online.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
All Told, Nokia Owes $650M More To Microsoft In Their Long-Term Platform Deal, Says Nokia, But 2013 Will See A Net Gain For Finland  —  Nokia today filed its 20-F financial report for the last fiscal year, in which it reiterated its projections for the next year ahead on device sales and margins …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple's Phil Schiller on Android malware: ‘Be safe out there’  —  Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller has been known to take to Twitter and email to voice his opinions on rival services and platforms in the past.  Today, the Apple executive appears to be taking a jab at Android by tweeting …
Billy Gallagher / TechCrunch:
The Snapchat Lawsuit, Or How To Lose Your Best Friend Over $70 Million  —  “This is a case of partners betraying a fellow partner.”  —  One week ago, Reggie Brown filed a lawsuit alleging that he is a co-founder of Snapchat, a red-hot impermanent photo messaging app, and is entitled …
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
Alloy Digital, Owner of YouTube's Top Channel, Raises $30M  —  Alloy Digital, which operates the most subscribed channel on YouTube, secured a $30 million Series A investment from ABS Capital Partners, the company announced on Thursday.  —  The new money arrives after two years …
Leonid Kravets / TechCrunch:
Twitter Still Doesn't Have A Patent On Pull-Down-To-Refresh, But It's About To  —  Editor's note: Leonid ("Lenny") Kravets is a patent attorney at Panitch, Schwarze, Belisario and Nadel, LLP in Philadelphia, PA. Lenny focuses his practice on patent prosecution and intellectual property transactions in computer-related technology areas.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google Fiber TV gets its first 3D channels: 3net included with plan and ESPN3D for an extra $5 per month  —  Google on Thursday announced Fiber TV has received its first 3D channels: 3net and ESPN3D.  The rollout has already begun; existing customers can find 3net on channel 338, and they can call Google to sign up for ESPN3D.

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