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March 19, 2013, 3:15 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 …
John Frank / TechNet Blogs:
Our Commitment to Compliance  —  Today, the Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. government is reviewing allegations that Microsoft business partners in three countries may have engaged in illegal activity, and if they did, whether Microsoft played any role in these alleged incidents.
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.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
ABC Works on an App for Live Streaming Shows to Mobile Devices  —  THE WALT DISNEY Company, while sorting out the future of the online video Web site Hulu, has an app in the works that may render Hulu passé for some people.  —  The app will live stream ABC programming to the phones …
Brian Cairns / Google Developers Blog:
Build collaborative apps with Google Drive Realtime API  —  Google Drive lets users create Docs, Sheets, and Slides, collaborate on them in real time, and have their changes saved automatically.  With the new Google Drive Realtime API, you can now easily add some of the same real-time collaboration …
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
To Compete With Amazon, eBay Debuts Free Listings And Simpler Fee Structures For Sellers  —  Ebay is debuting a new fee structure and incentives for sellers today in an effort to remain the most competitive commerce platform next to e-commerce marketplace Amazon.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Hulu redesigns app for Apple TV with new content categories, ‘Shows You Watch’ tray, and easier playback  —  Hulu on Tuesday announced a brand new Apple TV app that it says features a new Hulu Plus experience designed “from the ground up.”  You can get the new app now on your Apple TV …
John Poole / Primate Labs Blog:
Samsung Galaxy S 4 Benchmarks  —  Android Authority ran Geekbench 2 on the new Samsung Galaxy S 4 last week and posted the results on YouTube.  I thought it would be interesting to see how the Samsung Galaxy S 4 compares to other popular smartphones.  —  I've charted the Geekbench 2 scores …
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 …
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 …
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
MIT to release redacted Aaron Swartz documents  —  The Massachusetts Institute of Technology will release documents related to the case against activist Aaron Swartz but it will edit out names and other information, according to a letter from MIT president Rafael Reif to the MIT community.
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?
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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.
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
NewsCred gets new $15M investment, adds New York Times as a partner  —  NewsCred has become a quiet force in media by offering brands and publishers an easy way to acquire high quality news content from brands like Bloomberg and Economist.  In a further sign of its growing influence …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Nokia wins German patent injunction against HTC over power-saving technology  —  This morning Nokia won a German patent injunction against HTC that may give the Finnish handset maker enough leverage to sell a patent license to its Taiwanese rival unless Qualcomm, which provides baseband chipsets to HTC …

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