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March 14, 2013, 7:45 PM

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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 …
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 …
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.
Politico:
Reuters' Matthew Keys indicted for conspiring with hacker group ‘Anonymous’  —  Matthew Keys, a deputy social media editor at Thomson Reuters, has been charged in an indictment for allegedly conspiring with members of the hacker group “Anonymous” to hack into a Tribune Company website, the Justice Department announced today.
Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed:
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Samsung Galaxy S 4 Beats The Best With 5-inch, 1080p Display, 1.9GHz Processor, Gesture Controls And A Q2 2013 Release  —  As if it could be any other way, the just-announced Samsung Galaxy S 4 is Samsung's, and perhaps even Android's, best phone yet.  In fact, it very well may be the best smartphone on the market, period.
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple proposes ‘on-the-go’ wireless charging via iPad Smart Cover with built-in battery  —  An Apple patent application discovered on Thursday reveals that the company is actively investigating wireless charging for its line of portable devices, but proposes to use the technology in a slightly different way than existing solutions.
The Official Google translate blog:
Never Forget a Useful Phrase Again - Introducing Phrasebook for Google Translate  —  Your knowledge of a language is largely determined by how well you can say the right things at the right time.  But with so many useful phrases out there, it can be hard to keep track of them all, let alone recall them when needed.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Releases OS X 10.8.3 With Mac App Store Gift Card Camera Redemption and Boot Camp Enhancements  —  Following Tuesday's seed of the latest beta, Apple today released OS X 10.8.3 to the public.  The update brings several enhancements including support for camera redemption of gift cards …
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?
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 …
Bloomberg:
Microsoft's Surface Tablet Is Said to Fall Short of Predictions  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) has sold about 1.5 million Surface devices, people with knowledge of the company's sales said, a slow start in its bid to crack the fast-growing tablet market to make up for slumping personal-computer demand.
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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.
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Facebook ends love affair with CISPA cybersecurity bill  —  Authors of cybersecurity bill criticized for privacy invasions used Facebook's enthusiasm to attract political support in D.C. Now the company's execs have backed away from CISPA.  —  Facebook once lauded a controversial information …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
The Bing operating system: Microsoft bets on deep search integration to beat Google  —  ‘We believe typing in a search box is not going to be the model going forward.’  —  “A massive transformation of search as a product is playing out in very profound ways,” says Microsoft's Bing chief, Qi Lu.
Jordan Novet / GigaOM:
Facebook tweaks its algorithms to improve Graph Search; comment search coming  —  Facebook is trying to improve the algorithms and expand the reach of its Graph Search function.  Sriram Sankar, engineering manager on the social network's search infrastructure team, detailed its plans in a blog post the company published on Thursday.

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