March 13, 2013, 4:25 AM

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Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Alleged Google Now for iOS video leaks on YouTube, is promptly pulled  —  iOS fans jealous of Jelly Bean's creepy Google Now might finally have something to get excited about.  An October update to the Google Search app finally delivered an updated voice recognition experience to Apple's platform …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia Lumia 928 to launch on Verizon in April with aluminum body and Xenon flash  —  Microsoft is gearing up to market Nokia's upcoming Verizon flagship heavily.  Sources familiar with Nokia's plans have revealed to The Verge that the company plans to launch its Lumia 928 handset in April on Verizon.
Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
Amazon Has An Estimated 10 Million Members For Its Surprisingly Profitable Prime Club  —  Amazon hasn't disclosed how many people have signed up for its Prime program, which offers free two-day shipping, a Netflix-like video service, and other perks for a $79 annual fee.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple's Maps being updated often and significantly  —  There is no doubt that Apple is working hard on improving its iOS Maps application in the past few months.  The results can be seen in an update to the app this week in Japan, but Apple has been steadily releasing updates for countries and cities from around the world.
More: 9to5Mac, App Advice, MacNN, TUAW and MacRumorsTweets: @jbrodkin
Don Clark / Digits:
Stealthy Startup Unveils Bold Router Attack  —  Not many entrepreneurs would take on mighty Cisco Systems in its stronghold of router hardware.  A startup called Compass-EOS has been secretly planning that very attack for six years, with investors that include Cisco itself.
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
How Apple Gets All the Good Apps  —  Apple tightly controls its software and hardware, and is fiercely competitive in battling its rivals, especially in the mobile market.  And yet, while the company never creates apps for anyone else's mobile system or device, each of its major mobile-platform foes …
More: PhoneArena
Tom Warren / The Verge:
A look at Microsoft's top-secret Surface prototypes  —  From concept to reality: how Redmond's iPad competitor came to be  —  Microsoft made a bold bet to build its own hardware, competing directly with Apple's iPad, but it was never an easy task to create something new and unique.
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Intel releases Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 dev code, adds dual-boot option for Windows 8  —  Intel's in the tricky position of playing Android iteration catch-up — but it's getting better at it.  Releases are now appearing every six months, with the latest release of Android (4.2.2) now Intel-optimized — at least at a pre-alpha stage.
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Is Currently Experiencing Hotmail, Outlook And SkyDrive Service Disruptions  —  As we reported last month, Microsoft decided to start migrating its old-school Hotmail users over to its shiny new Outlook service.  That migration process might not be going so well …
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
The Only Thing That Has Really Changed At Apple Is That There's No More Reality Distortion Field  —  Apple!  —  A year ago analysts were tripping over themselves to raise their price targets.  —  This year, they're tripping over themselves to lower their price targets.
John Cook / GeekWire:
Google to double size of engineering center in Microsoft's backyard  —  Google will expand into this planned development next to its existing Kirkland campus, significantly boosting its presence in the Seattle region.  (Credit: Google, SRM Development and DLR Group.)
More: CNETThanks:@toddbishop
Mark M. Jaycox / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Startups and Innovators Send Letter to Congress Demanding CFAA Reform  —  Today, a group of entrepreneurs and startups sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee urging it to reform the draconian Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).  The letter explains how the CFAA stifles entrepreneurs …
More: Techdirt
Tom Gara / Corporate Intelligence:
Paid Tweeters Beware: The FTC is Watching  —  In 2000, when regulators at the Federal Trade Commission last took a look at how its consumer protection rules should be applied online, the internet lived almost exclusively in browser windows, social networks didn't exist, and tweeting was what birds did on sunny afternoons.
Simon Bisson / CITEworld:
Behind the scenes: The making of BlackBerry 10  —  It was snowing when we arrived at the BlackBerry campus in Waterloo, on a bitterly cold winter day.  There were icicles under the bus, and the bare trees and snow-covered fields turned Canada black and white.
More: Digits
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
California Bill Would Force Colleges to Honor Online Classes  —  Legislation will be introduced in the California Senate on Wednesday that could reshape higher education by requiring the state's public colleges and universities to give credit for faculty-approved online courses taken …
More: CNET
Gina Chon / Quartz:
Apple's plan for its cash: stock buyback or more dividends likely coming this spring  —  Apple is leaning toward additional dividends or a share buyback program as part of its effort to return more cash to investors, according to sources.  The US tech company could announce the move this spring …
Steven Musil / CNET:
Denial of service attack takes down JP Morgan Chase sites  —  Spokesperson confirms to CNET that the attack is occurring but can't say how long the site has been down.  —  The Web sites for banking giant JP Morgan Chase are offline this afternoon as the result of a distributed-denial-of-service attack, a spokesperson told CNET.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Dropbox refreshes its desktop client for improved file sharing, real-time notifications for incoming folders  —  Today Dropbox announced upgrades to its desktop client to allow for quick sharing of files with others, and improved updates that will help users keep up with the service.
Noel Randewich / Reuters:
Apple's iPads to fall behind Android tablets this year: IDC  —  (Reuters) - Shipments of Apple Inc's iPads will fall behind the growing variety of tablets running Google Inc's Android platform for the first time this year as smaller-sized devices catch on with more consumers, research firm International Data Corp (IDC) said on Tuesday.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft shutters its WebSiteSpark developer program  —  Summary: Microsoft is discontinuing a program it launched three years ago aimed at getting more Web developers to use its Expression and other development tools.  —  Unsurprisingly, Microsoft is phasing out its WebSiteSpark Web developer program …
More: Neowin
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Retailer Sues Visa Over $13 Million ‘Fine’ for Being Hacked  —  A sports apparel retailer is fighting back against the arbitrary multi-million-dollar penalties that credit card companies impose on banks and merchants for data breaches by filing a first-of-its-kind $13 million lawsuit against Visa.
Brian X. Chen / NYT Bits:
Eye-Tracking Tech Will Be Open to iPhones and Other Devices  —  Samsung Electronics won't be the only company that gets a fancy eye-tracking feature.  A start-up company called uMoove, which has been developing this type of technology for three years, says it will offer eye- and head-tracking to anyone …
More: BGR, Redmond Pie and Apple BitchThanks:@hilzfuld
Rik Henderson / Pocket-lint:
Steve Jobs to be manga hero in official Japanese comic series  —  To appear in Kiss magazine for girls  —  The life story of Steve Jobs is to be made into a manga comic book series in Japan and the first illustration from artist?  Mari Yamazaki has appeared online.
Brian Crecente / Polygon:
Shigeru Miyamoto on Nintendo's innovative past, unsteady present and optimistic future  —  Before we talk, we play.  —  Set up in a backroom of Nintendo's Midtown Manhattan offices, Shigeru Miyamato sports a green Luigi t-shirt under a blue sports coat, matching pants and, as always, a smile.
Google Benefits as Priceline Outspends Expedia on Web Ads: Tech  — Inc. (PCLN) has boosted annual ad spending to more than $1 billion for the first time, extending its lead over Expedia Inc. (EXPE) in the hotel-booking market and stepping up a rivalry that's benefiting Google Inc. (GOOG)

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