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March 15, 2013, 9:25 AM

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Brent Rose / Gizmodo:
Samsung Galaxy S IV Hands On: Everything New Is Old Again  —  After a lot of teasing, and a lot of leaking, the Galaxy S IV is finally here.  Last year's version, the S III, remains the world's most popular Android phone, having sold over 40 million units.  Can the S IV live up to that kind of hype?
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.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Rather than Just Watch Samsung's Show, HTC Gets In On The Act  —  As reporters and others waited to get into Radio City Music Hall on Thursday, they had a chance to play with one of the latest high-end Android devices.  But it wasn't the Galaxy S 4.  —  It was the HTC One.
Ben Woods / ZDNet:
Samsung's Galaxy S4 focuses on differentiation but reveals growing problem for handset makers  —  Summary: It's official, Samsung's Galaxy S4 has been announced, but does the high profile announcement also reveal a growing problem of differentiation for handset makers?  —  Ben Woods
More: T3 News, AllThingsD and DigitsTweets: @dannysullivanThanks:@benwoodszd
Zite's blog:
Google Reader is dead, so we rebuilt it for you in Zite (in six hours)  —  We at Zite were sad to hear about Google Reader's impending demise.  Google Reader and Zite have always been complementary products: GR providing news from sources you've subscribed to manually and Zite giving …
More: by Ron Miller and SlashGearThanks:@steverubel
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Why Did Google Reader Die?  —  And what free Web service will be next?  —  Google Reader  —  Screenshot via Google  —  I've made it pretty clear that I don't like RSS readers.  When you subscribe to your favorite sites and read all their articles in a single, text-heavy interface …
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.
Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed:
Reuters Social Media Editor Indicted For Allegedly Conspiring With Anonymous  —  If convicted, Reuters' deputy social media editor Matthew Keys faces up to 25 years in prison and $750,000 in fines.  —  Federal prosecutors announced Thursday that Matthew Keys, the deputy social media editor for Reuters …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Greg Roumeliotis / Reuters:
Exclusive: Silver Lake close to raising $10 billion fund - source  —  (Reuters) - Silver Lake Partners, the technology-focused private equity firm backing a $24.4 billion bid to take Dell Inc private, is close to raising $10 billion for its latest fund, exceeding its initial fundraising target …
Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Facebook pushes Android update to enable silent updates (bypassing the Play Store)  —  Facebook appears to be doing an end run around the Google by pushing an update to the social network's open app to Android users today... and the update isn't coming from the Google Play Store.
Natasha Hritzuk / Microsoft:
New Microsoft Advertising Study: Consumer Experience is the New ‘Crown Prince’  —  As a busy, working mom I have no choice but to multi-task every day, and multiple devices such as my PC, Surface Pro and mobile phone help me get the tasks I need done so I can spend more time with my 3-year old daughter.
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 …
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
BlackBerry, Windows Phone Still Lack Popular Apps  —  BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8 are still struggling to match the most popular apps on the dominant Android and iOS platforms, which could continue to slow sales of the smaller mobile platforms.  —  After looking at a list of 102 popular apps …
More: WMPoweruser and BGRThanks:@saschasegan

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