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March 19, 2013, 4:45 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 …
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
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?
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.
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 …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Samsung weird: how a phone launch went from Broadway glitz to sexist mess  —  Surprise!  Corporate influence and ‘Sex and the City’ don't mix well  —  “While the ladies cool off, why don't you tell us about S Health?”  —  That line, uttered with complete sincerity, was the capstone …
More: Fortune
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 …
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 …
More: The Verge, CNET and PhoneArenaThanks:@jakeosmith
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 …
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Same hacker may have targeted Ars, reporter Krebs, and Wired's Honan  —  Security reporter Brian Krebs has uncovered some details about one of the people tied to the denial of service attack on his site and the fraudulent 911 call that brought armed police to Krebs' doorstep.
More: Krebs on SecurityTweets: @robpegoraro
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Saleforce's Chatter mobile apps updated to allow access to customer data, easier creation of content  —  Enterprise cloud computing company Salesforce.com has released an update to Chatter, its enterprise-focused social network.  The iOS and Android mobile apps are getting a refresh and …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
NPD: US homes now hold over 500m Internet-connected devices with apps, at an average of 5.7 per household  —  There are now more than 500 million devices in US homes connected to the Internet.  Furthermore, the average number of devices per US Internet household has grown from 5.3 devices just three months ago to 5.7 today.
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 …
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.
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 …

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