March 20, 2013, 11:30 AM

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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Why did Apple hire Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch?  —  Just hours after word leaked that Apple had poached Adobe's chief technology officer, the Internet is ablaze with the question of what, exactly, the iPhone maker plans to do with Kevin Lynch.  —  Source: Adobe  —  No Flash in the pan
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Exhibit A in the Case That Newly-Hired Apple VP of Technology Kevin Lynch Is a Bozo, a Bad Hire  —  He wrote this, just three years ago: … Well, how'd that work out?  Those companies and platforms are now either (a) out of business, (b) on the verge of going out of business, or (c) have abandoned Flash Player entirely.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon Rumored To Be Working On A $99 7-Inch Kindle Fire HD  —  How low will Amazon's tablets go?  We're now hearing that a $99 Kindle Fire 7″ tablet is in production, and will be shipping this year.  At a price that low, the Kindle Fire would be able to more easily compete at the tail end …
Agence France Presse:
S. Korean TV networks, banks report cyber attack  —  SEOUL — The South Korean military sounded a possible high-level cyber attack alert Wednesday after computer networks crashed at major broadcasters and banks, with initial suspicions focused on North Korea.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Twitter gets a patent on... Twitter  —  Although Twitter famously has a pending patent on the familiar “pull-to-refresh” gesture, the company may have just acquired something more valuable: a patent on the Twitter messaging service itself.  The new patent issued today with Twitter founders Jack Dorsey …
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
Disconnect: why Andy Rubin and Android called it quits  —  Rubin created Google's mobile operating system and outgunned the iPhone.  So why is he moving on after almost a decade at the helm?
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Inside Oculus: a tour of virtual reality's would-be savior  —  A small California-based team is burning the midnight oil to put goggles on your head  —  On the fourth floor of a fourteen-story California skyscraper, a stone's throw from UC Irvine, a tiny startup named Oculus is trying to bring the idea of virtual reality back to life.
More: Engadget
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Cisco switches to weaker hashing scheme, passwords cracked wide open  —  Password cracking experts have reversed a secret cryptographic formula recently added to Cisco devices.  Ironically, the encryption type 4 algorithm leaves users considerably more susceptible to password cracking …
More: CRN
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo in Talks to Buy Stake in Video Site Dailymotion  —  Yahoo Inc. is in talks to buy a controlling stake in France Telecom SA's online-video site Dailymotion, according to people familiar with the talks, in what would be Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer's first major acquisition since taking over the Internet pioneer last year.
Greg Sandoval / The Verge:
Amazon in talks with record labels about subscription music service  —  Subscription music is all the rage with the big Web music stores  —  Subscription music services have yet to profit but that hasn't stopped some of the internet's biggest media distributors from jumping into the business.
Tom Vanderbilt / Wired:
The Nielsen Family Is Dead  —  From Game of Thrones to the new Arrested Development, television is better than ever.  And it's not just a lucky accident.  Turns out that networks and advertisers are using all-new metrics to design hit shows.  Under these new rules, Twitter feeds are as important …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Yahoo acquires personalized recommendation startup Jybe, started by five former Yahoo employees  —  Yahoo on Wednesday announced it has acquired personalized recommendation company Jybe, which aimed to help people find new interests based on what's trending in their social circles.
Daniel Ionescu / TechHive:
BlackBerry, UK government reject claims of failed BB10 security certification  —  Both BlackBerry and the U.K. government have denied reports that the new BB10 software has been rejected for use in sensitive government communications.  —  Tuesday evening, UK newspaper The Guardian reported …
John Siracusa / Hypercritical:
Self-Reliance  —  The mobile market, everyone agrees, is the technology industry's future.  What's not so clear is which company is best positioned to thrive in that future.  —  For smartphones in particular, the traditional metrics are confusing.  Android has 70% market share, but Apple is taking 70% of the profit.
More: iMore
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.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
The 49ers' plan to build the greatest stadium Wi-Fi network of all time  —  49ers CTO Kunal Malik (left) and Senior IT director Dan Williams (right) stand in front of Santa Clara Stadium.  —  When the San Francisco 49ers' new stadium opens for the 2014 NFL season, it is quite likely …

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