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March 19, 2013, 4:10 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.
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.
Russell Holly / Geek.com:
Google expected to unify chat under the name Babble  —  Google's quest to continue unifying their products is about to enter its next phase.  According to multiple sources, the company's next step includes unifying their messaging platforms into a single service, which is expected to be called Babble.
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.
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Nvidia CEO unveils next two gens of Tegra, dubbed Logan, Parker  —  Jen-Hsun Huang says the company's mobile chip will show 100-times improvement from the first generation to the fifth.  —  Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang today talked up the chipmaker's next two generations of mobile chip …
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.
Juliette Garside / Guardian:
Incoming ARM chief vows to maintain tech titan's independence  —  ARM president Simon Segars will take reins from self-professed gadget luddite Warren East in July  —  ARM's incoming chief executive has vowed to resist any takeover attempts and maintain the fierce independence …
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 …
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.
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft now allowing business customers to buy Surfaces in volume  —  Summary: Microsoft is allowing business customers to order Surfaces, accessories and three-year warranty plans in volume, via a new Commercial Order site.  —  Microsoft has begun allowing business users to place volume orders …
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 …
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.
Brendan Sasso / Hillicon Valley:
Consensus builds for requiring warrant for email searches  —  Republicans, Democrats and government officials agreed at a House hearing on Tuesday that police should need a warrant to obtain people's emails and other private online messages from third-party providers.
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 …
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 …
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 …

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