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April 3, 2013, 6:45 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Apple to Begin iPhone Production This Quarter  —  Apple Inc. plans to begin production of a new iPhone similar in size and shape to its current one in the second quarter of the year, according to people familiar with the device's production, teeing up a possible summer launch for the next version of its flagship device.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Latest Apple Scuttlebutt  —  Smart thread on Branch.  Two nuggets from yours truly:  — What I've heard: iOS 7 is running behind, and engineers have been pulled from OS X 10.9 to work on it.  (Let me know if you've heard this song before.)  — Regarding Jony Ive and iOS …
Clare Jim / Reuters:
Google to sell second-gen Nexus 7 tablet from July: sources  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc will launch a new version of its Nexus 7 tablet powered by Qualcomm Inc's Snapdragon processor around July, two sources told Reuters, as the software giant pushes deeper into the cut-price mobile hardware market.
Jason Costa / Twitter Developers:
Mobile app deep-linking and new Cards  —  Twitter Cards are being used by more than 10,000 developers, mobile apps and websites to richly represent content on Twitter, including article summaries, user-posted photos, videos, songs, and more.  Today, through those Cards …
David Greelish / TIME:
An Interview with Computing Pioneer Alan Kay  —  Born in 1940, computer scientist Alan Curtis Kay is one of a handful of visionaries most responsible for the concepts which have propelled personal computing forward over the past thirty years — and surely the most quotable one.
More: The Verge and MacworldThanks:@harrymccracken
Max Slater-Robins / Neowin:
Meet Gabriel Weinberg, the man taking on Google and Bing  —  In 1998, two college friends decided to build a method of analysing every website on the Internet to find the most relevant information when a user put in a small amount of text.  Their names were Sergey Brin and Larry Page, and they had just founded Google.
Thanks:@max8378
Nick Arnott / Double Encore:
What Apple's ‘Limit Ad Tracking’ Feature Actually Means to Users  —  Back in 2011, with the release of iOS 5, Apple deprecated the use of UDIDs by developers.  A few months later they started rejecting apps that used a device's UDID without getting the user's permission.
More: iMore and The Next Web
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Firefox 20 arrives with per-window private browsing, new download manager, separate plugin closing, and more  —  Mozilla on Tuesday officially launched Firefox 20 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android.  The improvements include per-window private browsing, a new download manager in the Firefox toolbar …
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
Google engineers find a way to filter robocalls the way Gmail filters spam  —  Two Mountain View employees were among the winners in the FTC's crowdsourced challenge  —  The anti-robocall solution proposed by two Google engineers.  —  The Federal Trade Commission just announced the three winners …
Maria Bustillos / Elements:
The Bitcoin Boom  —  On March 16th, the Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, who'd been in office for about a month, announced a strategy to solve the country's banking crisis.  This plan, which would be funded in part by confiscating money directly from every single bank account in Cyprus …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Zynga's Big Bet on Real-Money Gaming to Launch This Week in the U.K.  —  It's about time Zynga doubled down.  —  The company will roll out two real-money versions of its casino and poker games in the next few days, marking the gaming giant's first offerings in the online gambling space.
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Has Facebook Lost Faith in Social Ads?  —  After Once Vowing to Transform Online Advertising, It's Increasingly Embracing Standard Offerings  —  Has Facebook lost faith in the potential of social ads and its mantra of “word-of-mouth marketing at scale”?  —  The company once publicly …
Ryan Mac / Forbes:
Tableau Files For IPO As Strong Run For Business Software Continues  —  Tableau Software is set to hold its initial public offering, according to an S-1 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission today, continuing a strong period of market debuts for enterprise software companies.
More: GeekWireThanks:@tomiogeron
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Facebook Photo Phenom Instagram Gets a Business Lead to Scale Its Operations (and Presumably Revenue)  —  According to sources, Facebook has moved well-regarded exec Emily White to a new job as director of business operations at its Instagram mobile photo-sharing unit.
Rainey Reitman / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
New California “Right to Know” Act Would Let Consumers Find Out Who Has Their Personal Data — And Get a Copy of It  —  Let's face it: most of us have no idea how companies are gathering and sharing our personal data.  Colossal data brokers are sucking up personal facts about Americans from sources they refuse to disclose.
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Downtown Project Buys 100 Teslas To Launch Project 100, A Car-Sharing Service In Las Vegas  —  Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh's Downtown Project just announced a new venture called Project 100, a complete transportation system for Las Vegas.  For a monthly subscription fee, users will be able to borrow a car …

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