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March 29, 2013, 1:55 AM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Reveal “Home On Android” Sources Say Is A Modified OS On HTC At 4/4 Event  —  Facebook just invited press to an event at its headquarters on April 4th to “Come See Our New Home On Android”.  Sources tell us it will be a modified version of the Android operating system …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Google:
Facebook smartphone with HTC launching soon, ad campaign in the works  —  Follow years of rumors and speculation, Facebook is finally readying an entry into the mobile phone market.  The social network is again hooking up with HTC which will design the hardware.
Amazon.com:
Amazon.com to Acquire Goodreads  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Goodreads, a leading site for readers and book recommendations that helps people find and share books they love.  —  “Amazon and Goodreads share a passion for reinventing reading …
Duane Valz / Google Open Source Blog:
Taking a stand on open source and patents  —  At Google we believe that open systems win.  Open-source software has been at the root of many innovations in cloud computing, the mobile web, and the Internet generally.  And while open platforms have faced growing patent attacks …
Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
OUYA available at retail on June 4 for $99  —  The Android-powered $99 OUYA game console becomes available at retail on June 4th — a date which was revealed this week during the Game Developers Conference.  OUYA's calling June 4th its “official launch date,” despite Kickstarter backers receiving units starting this month.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Biz Stone Is Poised to Launch New Mobile Startup Called Jelly  —  According to sources, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone is close to launching a new startup called Jelly, which one person called a “native mobile” effort.  —  While it's not clear exactly what that means, sources …
Jay Greene / CNET:
Microsoft debuts Web site to search all its patents  —  The Web giant and frequent target of intellectual property litigation says the move is designed to create greater transparency.  It hopes other patent holders will follow suit.  —  No stranger to intellectual property litigation …
Fred Wilson / A VC:
When Things Don't Work Out  —  I have said many times that early stage VC is a lot like baseball, if you get a hit one out of every three times, you are headed to the hall of fame.  And if I look back over my career, and also over the track records of the firms and funds I have helped manage …
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Reuters:
Exclusive: Wal-Mart may get customers to deliver packages to online buyers  —  (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc is considering a radical plan to have store customers deliver packages to online buyers, a new twist on speedier delivery services that the company hopes will enable it to better compete with Amazon.com Inc.
Sam Grobart / Businessweek:
How Samsung Became the World's No. 1 Smartphone Maker  —  I'm in a black Mercedes-Benz (DAI) van with three Samsung Electronics PR people heading toward Yongin, a city about 45 minutes south of Seoul.  Yongin is South Korea's Orlando: a nondescript, fast-growing city known for its tourist attractions …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Starts Testing Google Shopping Express In SF, With Free Delivery From Target, Walgreens, Staples And More  —  Google is finally opening up its Google Shopping Express service to the public today, with the same day delivery service being made available as a test to select users …
Paul Mozur / Wall Street Journal:
China to Tighten Oversight on Apple  —  BEIJING—A Chinese regulator said it would heighten supervision over Apple Inc.'s consumer-rights practices as state media continued to attack the company over its after-sales practices.  —  The State Administration for Industry and Commerce …
DealBook:
Sprint and SoftBank Pledge to Forgo Huawei Equipment, Lawmaker Says  —  Sprint Nextel and its Japanese suitor, SoftBank, have assured lawmakers that they would not use equipment from China's Huawei Technologies in Sprint's cellphone network, the chairman of the House intelligence committee said on Thursday.

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