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March 27, 2013, 9:35 AM

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Frank X. Shaw / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Looking Back and Springing Ahead  —  The following is a post from Frank X. Shaw, Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications at Microsoft.  —  Last week was the official start of spring here in the Northern Hemisphere.  While some folks were out doing “spring cleaning,” …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft talks publicly about Blue and Build 2013  —  Summary: Microsoft officials are going public with positioning around Blue, as well as about the next Windows development conference, Build 2013.  —  It's a new world at Microsoft these days.  The latest proof points …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows Blue public preview planned for Build developer conference  —  Microsoft is gearing up to release its first public preview version of Windows Blue at its Build developer conference in late June.  Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have revealed that the company started work on a …
Amir Efrati / Digits:
At Y Combinator, Social is Out, Revenue is In  —  Y Combinator, the best-known “incubator” of technology startups in Silicon Valley, is showing further proof that the social-networking craze has died down and more founders are tackling “boring” problems that generate cash.
Daniel Terdiman / CNET:
Crowdfunding startups dominate Y Combinator Demo Day  —  Companies hoping to leverage Kickstarter's success were everywhere during the semi-annual graduation showcase of Y Combinator startups.  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—If you cringe when you hear a company described as “Kickstarter for” …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Apple's broken promise: why doesn't iCloud ‘just work?’  —  Frustrations mount as developers deal with Apple's inability to manage another cloud service  —  iCloud, perhaps more than any Apple software product, is meant to “just work.”  When Apple introduced iCloud, it made clear its hopes …
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
New Flipboard: News and Posts Handpicked and Shared  —  One of the best ways of following topics that are interesting to you is Flipboard, a popular app for Apple and Android mobile devices that automatically turns social-network posts and news from online publications, into beautiful, magazine-like pages you “flip” through by swiping.
Liz Day / ProPublica:
How the Maker of TurboTax Fought Free, Simple Tax Filing  —  This story was co-produced with NPR.  —  Imagine filing your income taxes in five minutes — and for free.  You'd open up a pre-filled return, see what the government thinks you owe, make any needed changes and be done.
More: Betabeat and The Verge
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
The power of the RSS reader  —  With the decreasing use of RSS readers over the last few years, which will probably be accelerated by Google Reader's shutdown in July, many are bidding good riddance to a medium that they never used well.  —  RSS is easy to abuse.  In 2011, I wrote Sane RSS usage:
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Here's Why Marissa Mayer Is About To Spend ~$200 Million On A YouTube Wannabe  —  Last week, Amir Efrati and Sam Shechner of the WSJ reported that Yahoo is close to acquiring a controlling stake in the YouTube-of-Europe, Dailymotion, at a valuation somewhere around $300 million.
Agence France Presse:
Apple in court in China over ‘Siri’ claim  —  SHANGHAI — Apple appeared in a Shanghai court on Wednesday, accused by a Chinese firm of copying software used for the “Siri” personal assistant on its hugely popular iPhones.  —  The Californian company's products are big sellers in China …
Charles Renert / Security Labs:
How are Java attacks getting through?  —  Were you aware that Java is increasingly being viewed as a security risk?  Of course you were — recent high-profile attacks have firmly established the trend, so we're not going to do yet another roundup here.  —  Instead, let's drill in and try to understand the core problem.
Matthew DeCarlo / TechSpot:
Tablets to outship desktops this year, notebooks next year  —  According to the latest data from IDC, global shipments of smart connected devices exceeded a billion units in 2012, an increase of 29.1% from the previous year and representing a value of $576.9 billion.
Dave Lee / BBC:
Global internet slows after ‘biggest attack in history’  —  The row centres on the blocking of a web-hosting company alleged to be hosting spam websites  —  The internet around the world has been slowed down in what security experts are describing as the biggest cyber-attack in history.
More: New York Times, TechEye, Salon and TG DailyTweets: @mikko
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Existing iPhone 5 handsets cannot have AWS support enabled, but Apple is shipping the new A1428 carrier-unlocked on April 12th  —  Starting April 12th, Apple retail shops as well as Apple's online store will begin selling the new and gently tweaked A1428 model of the iPhone 5.
Daniel Victor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Hashtags considered #harmful  —  The noble hashtag is cursed by a problem Yogi Berra could appreciate: Too many people use it, so no one goes there.  —  Presumably, most Twitter users use hashtags intending to add their tweet to a river of similar information and to expose their own thoughts to a wider, interested audience.
James Niccolai / Computerworld:
With new Sparc systems, Oracle begins shift to single chip architecture  —  Oracle is expected to gradually converge its two Unix server families onto its own Sparc processor design  —  Oracle has announced a batch of servers based on new Sparc processors and in the process has begun …
Economist:
E-commerce in China: The Alibaba phenomenon  —  China's e-commerce giant could generate enormous wealth—provided the country's rulers leave it alone Mar 23rd 2013 |  From the print edition ON ITS way to becoming the world's biggest economy, China is passing another landmark.
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