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March 27, 2013, 11:45 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's Office ‘Gemini’: Windows Blue's twin  —  Summary: The Windows team isn't the only one ‘reimagining’ how to build and deliver future versions of its core product.  The Office unit is, too.  —  Windows Blue, Windows Server Blue, Windows Phone Blue, Windows Services Blue.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
One in Five BlackBerry 10 Apps Is Really an Android App  —  One of BlackBerry's key goals is getting developers to write apps designed to take advantage of its all-new operating system.  —  But, knowing that not all developers are ready to bet on a native app, the company has offered …
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.
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.
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.
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
New Amazon CloudHSM service vows enterprise-grade security  —  Amazon Web Services runs on tons and tons of shared hardware.  That's a huge benefit in terms of cost but also spooks customers with strict regulatory requirements that prevent them from running their applications on shared infrastructure.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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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