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March 19, 2013, 11:00 PM

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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.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch to leave Adobe for Apple, report to Bob Mansfield  —  According to a tweet issued by CNBC, Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch will leave the company this week to join Apple.  Neither Apple nor Adobe have confirmed the claim.  Update: Adobe has confirmed in an SEC filing that Lynch departed the firm.
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.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
ReadWrite Editor-In-Chief Dan Lyons, A.K.A. Fake Steve Jobs, Is Leaving For Hubspot  —  Dan Lyons, the editor-in-chief at tech blog ReadWrite, is leaving for a position at marketing software company Hubspot.  We heard the news from knowledgeable sources, and the part about Lyons' departure …
Ethan Smith / Digits:
End of an Era for eMusic, Subscription Music Pioneer  —  eMusic, the online music service that pioneered the subscription approach before Spotify was a glimmer in Daniel Ek's eye, quietly merged Monday with an e-book distributor, in an unusual bit of digital-media consolidation.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft tempts Windows developers with $100 cash for new apps  —  Microsoft wants Windows 8 and Windows Phone developers to create apps for its platforms, and it's tempting them by offering up hard cash.  In a new US marketing effort, Microsoft is offering developers $100 per app …
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 …
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 …
Don Reisinger / CNET:
What 420,000 insecure devices reveal about Web security  —  Using a simple technique, a researcher creates a benign botnet to survey the breadth of the Internet, and finds a back door flung wide open and beckoning the bad guys.  —  A researcher used a simple, binary technique to take control …
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 …
Frank Konkel / Federal Computer Week:
Sources: Amazon and CIA ink cloud deal  —  In a move sure to send ripples through the federal IT community, FCW has learned that the CIA has agreed to a cloud computing contract with electronic commerce giant Amazon, worth up to $600 million over 10 years.  —  Amazon Web Services will help …
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 …
Will Connors / Digits:
BlackBerry Co-Founders Bankroll $100 Million Quantum-Science Fund  —  The two men who started BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. some 30 years ago are bankrolling a $100 million investment fund targeting commercial applications for advancements in quantum science.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Bug in EA's Origin game platform allows attackers to hijack player PCs  —  One scenario for using EA's Origin service as an attack platform to execute malicious code on end-user computers.  —  ReVuln  —  More than 40 million people could be affected by a vulnerability researchers uncovered …
Mike Lennon / SecurityWeek:
Google Implements DNSSEC Validation for Public DNS  —  Google on Tuesday announced that it now fully supports DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions) validation on its Google Public DNS resolvers.  —  Previously, the search giant accepted and forwarded DNSSEC-formatted messages but didn't actually perform validation.
Donna Tam / CNET:
At $236, Galaxy S4 costlier to produce than S3, says report  —  IHS iSuppli's virtual teardown of the lasted Samsung smartphone shows it's 15 percent more expensive for Samsung to produce than last year's model.  —  The Samsung Galaxy S4's production costs are 15 percent higher …

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