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March 19, 2013, 12:00 AM

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Brooks Barnes / ArtsBeat:
Funny or Die Makes a Steve Jobs Movie  —  LOS ANGELES — Techies have been keeping a hot eye on dueling Steve Jobs biopics, one an indie starring Ashton Kutcher and the other, written by Aaron Sorkin, in the works at Sony, which made “The Social Network.”  —  But it turns out there was also a joker …
Paul Smith / Financial Review:
BlackBerry chief lays out survival plan and says iPhone is old news  —  BlackBerry chief exectutive officer Thorsten Heins has said the rapidly advancing global smartphone market has left Apple's iPhone in its wake, and predicted his company would have 100,000 native apps available …
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
T-Mobile's LTE ambitions get real: network expansion, the BlackBerry Z10 and an OTA update for the Galaxy Note II  —  AT&T's failed acquisition was the best thing to ever happen to T-Mobile.  As a consequence of the failed merger, the fourth place wireless carrier received AWS spectrum in over 100 markets …
Matt Brian / The Verge:
Andrew ‘weev’ Auernheimer sentenced to 41 months for exploiting AT&T iPad security flaw  —  Following prison term, Auernheimer will be subject to three years of supervised release; ordered to split $73,000 restitution to AT&T  —  Security researcher Andrew ‘weev’ Auernheimer was today sentenced …
Michael Grothaus / Co.Labs:
An In-Depth Comparison Between iOS Map Frameworks: Apple MapKit vs. Google Maps SDK  —  “When we first got sight of Apple's maps in the iOS 6 SDK beta at WWDC 2012, we were excited,” says Lee Armstrong, developer of the popular Plane Finder app, which tracks planes in flight all over the world.
Kyle Wiens / Wired:
Forget the Cellphone Fight — We Should Be Allowed to Unlock Everything We Own  —  While Congress is working on legislation to re-legalize cellphone unlocking, let's acknowledge the real issue: The copyright laws that made unlocking illegal in the first place.  Who owns our stuff?
David Pierce / The Verge:
Meet the tiny, Florida-based phone maker that thinks it can beat Samsung  —  One cheap, high-end, unlocked smartphone at a time  —  Sammy Ohev-Zion starts our chat with an economics lesson.  It costs every company about the same amount to manufacture a phone, he says …
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Roberto Baldwin / Wired:
Behold: Google's Stunning Street Views From the Top of the World  —  While on the Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal you can stand face to face with Mount Everest, the “Goddess Mother of the Earth”, from the easily reached high-point of 18,192-foot Kala Pattar.
Laurie Burkitt / China Real Time Report:
Apple Attack Backfires for State Broadcaster … A report by China Central Television questioning the integrity of Apple Inc. has instead ended up shining an unkind spotlight on the state broadcaster's own reputation thanks to what appears to be a poorly edited post on the country's most popular Twitter-like microblogging service.
Michael McWhertor / Polygon:
EA CEO John Riccitiello steps down  —  Electronic Arts announced today that John Riccitiello will step down as chief executive officer and as a member of the Board of Directors effective March 30.  —  Riccitiello will be replaced by Larry Probst “to ensure a smooth transition” …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Hires Co-Founders Of Trustworthiness Verification Startup Legit  —  Legit, a startup working on a universal reputation system that could help sharing economy services verify whether users are trustworthy, has announced its team will join Facebook.  Specifically, co-founders Jeremy Barton …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:
Gmail app for Android updated with reply/archive/delete from notifications, faster search & more  —  Google announced today on its Official Gmail Blog that it has released an update to the Android app for Gmail that brings new features, faster search, and other enhancements for certain users.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Amazon Publishing promises authors faster royalty payments  —  Amazon Publishing said in a letter to literary agents Monday that it will start paying its authors royalties on a monthly basis, up from every three months.  —  “In this digital age, we don't see why authors should have to wait six months …
Jake Smith / Pocket-lint:
Google airs ‘New Baby’ Nexus 10 ad, showing off multiple user accounts and available apps  —  Google has aired a new advertisement for its 10-inch Nexus 10 tablet dubbed “New Baby,” focusing in on several of the features Android 4.2 Jelly Bean brings along.  —  The theme of the advertisement …
Bloomberg:
Blackstone Said to Mull Outbidding Silver Lake for Dell LBO  —  The Dell Inc. headquarters in Austin, Texas.  Blackstone and larger personal computer makers Hewlett-Packard Co. and Lenovo Group Ltd. have inspected Dell's books after signing non-disclosure agreements.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Mozilla Plans To Improve Firefox Developer Tools With In-Browser Editing, Better Firebug Integration, Network Panel & More  —  Last week, Mozilla technology evangelist Paul Rouget asked web developers what improvements they wanted to see in Firefox's developer tools.

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