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March 27, 2013, 8:40 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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
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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: 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:
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Microsoft lands design patents for the Surface tablet's Touch Cover keyboard  —  Microsoft would certainly argue that its Surface tablet design is iconic.  The company is doing more than simply extolling the virtues of kickstands and VaporMg casings, however.
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.
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.
Chris Morran / Consumerist:
Store Combats Showrooming With $5 ‘Just Looking’ Fee  —  While some bricks-and-mortar chains are trying to curb showrooming — using a retailer to check out an item in person before buying it online — with price-matching or store-exclusive brands, one business has come up with a possible solution …
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 …
Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
eBay's ‘Sell It Forward’ Tests Donations  —  eBay is reinvigorating its core market with a host of new experiments—many of them aimed at bringing in more goods for sale.  —  The latest, a program called Sell It Forward, literally has people mailing it in.
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 …

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