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March 14, 2013, 5:05 PM

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Digg Blog:
We're Building A Reader  —  Like many of you, we were dismayed to learn that Google will be shutting down its much-loved, if under-appreciated, Google Reader on July 1st.  Through its many incarnations, Google Reader has remained a solid and reliable tool for those who want to ensure …
Alan Green / Official Google Reader Blog:
Powering Down Google Reader  —  We have just announced on the Official Google Blog that we will soon retire Google Reader (the actual date is July 1, 2013).  We know Reader has a devoted following who will be very sad to see it go.  We're sad too.  —  There are two simple reasons for this …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Breaks Up Mapping and Commerce Unit  —  Google Inc. executive Jeff Huber stepped aside as head of the Internet giant's mapping and commerce unit on Wednesday, in a two-part management shift that also saw the chief of the Android unit, Andy Rubin, leave his position, said people familiar with the matter.
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Working on Incorporating the Hashtag  —  Facebook Inc. is getting ready to take on a symbol of rival Twitter: the hashtag.  —  Facebook is working on incorporating the hashtag, one of Twitter Inc.'s most iconic markers, into its service, said people familiar with the matter.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Facebook to Introduce Hashtags — And That's a Double-Edged Sword for Twitter  —  Facebook has always wanted to edge in on Twitter's Interest Graph.  —  The idea is, it's a boon for ad dollars, as Twitter's real-time stream taps into the immediate sentiment of the crowd.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Paul Graham / Y Combinator:
The Handshake Deal Protocol  —  Silicon Valley runs on handshake deals.  A handshake deal is a verbal commitment to a transaction.  The actual transaction comes later, when documents are signed and money changes hands.  —  Why do we need handshake deals?  Why not just wait till the actual transaction?
More: TechCrunch and VentureBeatTweets: @ryanchris
Greg Sandoval / The Verge:
Netflix Chief Product Officer: expect 4K streaming within a year or two  —  Neil Hunt talks site outages, streaming 4k, and the company's gold mine of user data  —  Neil Hunt is likely the most important Netflix executive that nobody's ever heard of.  While everyone in tech media knows CEO Reed Hastings …
Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. plans to let spy agencies scour Americans' finances  —  (Reuters) - The Obama administration is drawing up plans to give all U.S. spy agencies full access to a massive database that contains financial data on American citizens and others who bank in the country …
More: SlashGear and ZDNet
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
ITC Postpones iPhone Ban Decision  —  The U.S. International Trade Commission was scheduled to issue a final decision in Samsung's patent infringement case against Apple this week.  Instead, it issued a postponement.  —  The ITC said Wednesday that it is delaying its ruling …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
CBS Brings Ad-Sponsored Streaming TV To iPhone And iPad; Social Integration, Android & Windows 8 Support Still To Come  —  CBS is today introducing a new iOS application for iPad and iPhone, which brings its television programming to mobile devices, offering full episodes for streaming a week after they originally air.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Why Build a Cheaper iPhone?  Because It's Stupid Not To.  —  Apple needs to finish up development of the low-cost iPhone it has been working on for the past few years, and bring the device to market now.  Because to do otherwise is utterly illogical.  There's simply far too much revenue at stake.

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