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March 19, 2013, 1:10 PM

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Jungah Lee / Bloomberg:
Samsung Preparing Wristwatch as It Races Apple for Sales  —  Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) is developing a wristwatch as Asia's biggest technology company races against Apple Inc. (AAPL) to create a new industry of wearable devices that perform similar tasks as smartphones.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Samsung Confirms It Will Build A Smart Watch As Speculation About Apple's iWatch Continues  —  Samsung is indeed working on a smart watch, the company's Executive Vice President of Mobile told Bloomberg in an interview today.  “We are preparing products for the future, and the watch is definitely one of them …
Russell Holly / Geek.com:
Google expected to unify chat under the name Babble … - Home - Apple - Gadgets - Mobile - Games - Chips - - Forums - Shop
Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
HTC's Rollout of Flagship Smartphone Delayed  —  TAIPEI—The rollout of HTC Corp.'s new flagship smartphone is being pushed back due in part to some component shortages, executives said, a setback for the Taiwanese smartphone maker attempting to turn around its sales.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases iOS 6.1.3 with Lock screen security flaw fix, Maps improvements for Japan  —  Apple has released iOS 6.1.3 to end users today.  It is currently available over-the-air via Software Update in the Settings app.  —  The update includes a security flaw fix involving the iOS device Lock screen.
Evelyn M. Rusli / Wall Street Journal:
Tensions Rise Between Facebook, Developers  —  The Social Network Steps Up Efforts to Curb Spam, But Developers Say It Is Blocking Competing Apps  —  Last month in Paris, developer Antoine Morcos received an unexpected email: Facebook Inc. said it was cutting ties with his photo-sharing application, Vintage Camera.
David Kravets / Wired:
Feds: No Warrant Needed to Track Your Car With a GPS Device  —  The President Barack Obama administration is claiming that authorities do not need court warrants to affix GPS devices to vehicles to monitor their every move.  —  The administration maintains that position despite …
Alexander Limi / Alex Limi:
Checkboxes that kill your product  —  (To read this article with its formatting and typography intact, click here)  —  If I told you that a company is shipping a product to hundreds of millions of users right now, and included in the product are several prominent buttons that will break …
More: Daring FireballTweets: @codinghorror
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?
More: DSLreports
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Verizon Galaxy Nexus finally updated to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean  —  The Galaxy Nexus for Verizon is a bit of a black sheep in the Nexus family — the handset was one of the precious few to run a stock version of Android and ran on Verizon's excellent LTE network, but the phone …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Google undeletes RSS extension for Chrome browser  —  TheIt's not dead after all.  Google has resurrected an extension that lets Chrome handle RSS and Atom feeds, even though it's not resurrecting the related Google Reader service.  —  The 868,163 people who've installed Google's RSS-handling extension …
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.
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Google Chromebooks Go Global: Now Available In Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland And The Netherlands  —  Google has learned all that it needs to learn about the reception of its Chromebook laptops in the U.S. and UK and has announced availability of Acer, HP and Samsung flavors …
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
LG calls out Samsung for possible eye-tracking patent infringement in Galaxy S4  —  Yonhap News reports that the Korean cousins Samsung and LG are in a row over the eye-tracking technology in their respective flagship phones, the Galaxy S4 and Optimus G Pro.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
ARM CEO Warren East Is Stepping Down And Getting Replaced By President Simon Segars  —  Warren East, the executive who has seen UK semiconductor juggernaut ARM Holdings through some of its most explosive growth, fuelled by deals with companies like Apple for its iPhone and iPad devices …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Skype for Windows Phone updated with People Hub integration and HD video support  —  After temporarily disabling People Hub integration in Skype for Windows Phone, Microsoft is pushing out a fresh update this week that brings back the feature to its latest mobile OS.

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