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April 1, 2013, 6:25 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Andrew Harris / Bloomberg:
Facebook Must Face Trademark Trial Over ‘Timeline’  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers a keynote address during the Facebook f8 conference on September 22, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  Zuckerberg kicked off the conference introducing a Timeline feature to the popular social network.
Kashmir Hill / Forbes:
Google's Privacy Director Is Stepping Down  —  When Alma Whitten was tapped to be Google's first director of privacy in 2010, CNet declared hers the “hardest job at Google.”  A long time engineer at the company with expertise in computer security, she was put in charge of a program overseeing products …
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Russia Begins Selectively Blocking Internet Content  —  MOSCOW — The Russian government in recent weeks has been making use of a new law that gives it the power to block Internet content that it deems illegal or harmful to children.  —  The country's communications regulators have required Facebook …
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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Agustino Fontevecchia / Forbes:
Icahn Unveils 9.3% Stake In Nuance, Voice-Recognition Firm Reportedly Behind Apple's Siri  —  Carl Icahn just won't sit tight.  In a filing released after market hours on Monday, the billionaire investor revealed a 9.3% passive stake in Nuance Communications, a voice-recognition company reportedly behind Apple's Siri.
More: Reuters
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
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 …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Michael Dell lays out his plan  —  Michael Dell tells Dell employees what may come next.  —  FORTUNE — Last month I was critical of Michael Dell for not explaining his plans for a privately-held Dell Inc. (DELL), were he and Silver Lake to successfully purchase the company.
More: ZDNet
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 …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:

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