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April 1, 2013, 4:55 PM

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Ron Amadeo / Android Police:
[APK Teardown Exclusive] The HTC Myst Facebook Phone - The Facebook App Is Now A Launcher, Looks Like They're Planning A Play Store Release, Too  —  We've managed to score a system dump of the Facebook phone!  There's nothing in it that's too earthshattering, and you could probably guess …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple CEO Tim Cook announces changes to warranty policies, apologizes to customers in China following smear campaign  —  Following controversy in China with state-controlled media outlets going after Apple over its warranty policies, Apple CEO Tim Cook today addressed the issue in a letter published to the company's website in China.
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Aereo wins major court battle against TV networks  —  A remarkably tech-savvy decision  —  The United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals just rejected an appeal from TV networks against web-television company Aereo by a 2-1 vote, concluding that Aereo's system does not infringe the broadcaster's copyrights.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
No joke: Amazon hires Windows Phone vet Charlie Kindel for ‘something secret’  —  Charlie Kindel, the Seattle tech veteran who left his job as a Microsoft Windows Phone general manager in 2011 to join the startup world, has now been hired by Amazon.com as the director of an undisclosed project inside the company.
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Windows Phone sees big gains at the expense of BlackBerry and Symbian  —  Alright, so Microsoft is in no danger of toppling iOS or Android anytime soon.  But the analytics firm Kantar has seen significant growth for Windows Phone, largely at the expense of BlackBerry.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Amazon's Cloud Drive adds file syncing, moves closer to a viable Dropbox replacement  —  When Amazon launched its Cloud Drive app for Mac and Windows back in May, we noted that a lack of proper file syncing prevented the service from becoming a full-blown Dropbox and SkyDrive replacement.
More: Engadget, ZDNet and 9to5Mac
New York Times:
E-Commerce Companies Bypass Middlemen to Build Premium Brand  —  When the founders of a start-up that sells eyeglasses online, Warby Parker, began investigating why designer glasses cost several hundred dollars, they discovered that everyone in the process was taking a cut: designers, manufacturers, brands, wholesalers and retailers.
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Biz Stone / Jelly HQ:
What is Jelly?  —  People are basically good—when provided a tool that helps them do good in the world, they prove it.  —  Jelly is a new company and product named after the jellyfish.  We are inspired by this particular animal because neurologically, its brain is more “we” than “me.”
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley announces MixBit video collaboration site  —  YouTube founder Chad Hurley is gearing up to launch a new video site, MixBit.  On Twitter today, Hurley poked fun at a Google April Fools' joke proclaiming that “Since YouTube is ending, we're launching a new video site.”
Reuters:
Youth flock to mobile messaging apps, may be threat to Facebook  —  (Reuters) - Create personal profiles.  Build networks of friends.  Share photos, videos and music.  —  That might sound precisely like Facebook, but hundreds of millions of tech-savvy young people have instead turned …
Mary Ellen Gordon / The Flurry Blog:
Size Matters for Connected Devices.  Phablets Don't.  —  Flurry now detects about 1 billion smartphones and tablets in use around the world every month.  In the last 30 days, we saw activity on more than 2,000 unique device models.  As the device base grows, we're seeing an increasing variety …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's ‘iPad Mini’ Trademark Application Initially Denied, but Resolution Should Be Simple  —  Over the weekend, Patently Apple reported that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office had refused Apple's trademark application for the term “iPad mini”.  While some such as The Verge's Nilay Patel …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
April Fools 2013: The Round-up  —  April 1st is upon us, and that can only mean one thing: pranks, gags, and joke products of dubious comedic value, as the tech world tries to make you crack a smile.  Whether you love it or loath it, April Fools is inescapable, so join us as we run through 2013′s cons …
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