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April 4, 2013, 12:35 AM

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Adam Barth / Chromium Blog:
Blink: A rendering engine for the Chromium project  —  WebKit is a lightweight yet powerful rendering engine that emerged out of KHTML in 2001.  Its flexibility, performance and thoughtful design made it the obvious choice for Chromium's rendering engine back when we started.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Forks WebKit And Launches Blink, A New Rendering Engine That Will Soon Power Chrome And Chrome OS  —  Google just announced that it is forking WebKit and launching this fork as Blink.  As Google describes it, Blink is “an inclusive open source community” and “a new rendering engine based on WebKit” …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Google parts ways with Apple over WebKit, launches Blink  —  Both Chrome and Safari will move faster when uncoupled from each other, Google argues.  But it's not just about technology: social issues also factored into the schism.  —  A years-long marriage of convenience that linked Google …
Brendan Eich / The Mozilla Blog:
Mozilla and Samsung Collaborate on Next Generation Web Browser Engine  —  Mozilla's mission is about advancing the Web as a platform for all.  At Mozilla Research, we're supporting this mission by experimenting with what's next when it comes to the core technology powering the Web browser.
Evleaks / 9to5Google:
Facebook Home offers a fresh take on Android UI (Photos)  —  It should come as little surprise to industry observers that Facebook plans to unveil both a rich, skinned version of its Android app at a press event tomorrow, along with the first hardware to run that experience out of the box.
Felix Salmon / Medium:
Twitter Blog:
New mobile updates for Android, iPhone and mobile web  —  We just released a new version of Twitter for Android.  Its new design reflects a native Android experience: wider and taller timelines that fill the screen, a flat navigation bar, tap and hold for quick actions, and more.
Simon Khalaf / The Flurry Blog:
Flurry Five-Year Report: It's an App World.  The Web Just Lives in It  —  Five years ago, the iPhone ushered in the era of mobile computing.  Today, more than a billion consumers are “glued” to these devices and their applications, impacting nearly every aspect of their lives.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Disney Shuts Down LucasArts Just 154 Days After Acquiring It  —  Pour one out for the Gold Guy tonight, my fellow gamers.  A sage pillar of the industry has fallen.  —  Just 154 days after acquiring LucasArts as part of their larger, $4B acquisition of Lucasfilm, Disney has dissolved the classic video game development company.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Rdio launches Vdio social movie and TV service with an iPad app coming later today and $25 credit for Rdio subscribers  —  After being rumored for over a year, the movie and TV rental and purchase service Vdio soft-launched last night for premium Rdio subscribers in the US and UK.
Agam Shah / PC World:
Prices of Windows RT tablets drop, point to failure of OS  —  Prices of Windows RT devices have started falling, signaling an attempt by PC makers to quickly clear out stock after poor adoption of tablets and convertibles with the operating system.  —  Microsoft released Windows RT …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Samsung Decides To Build Its Own Stores-Inside Best Buy  —  Samsung is battling Apple on many fronts, and retail stores are no exception.  —  However, this time the company has opted not to follow the same path as its rival.  Whereas Apple opted to open its own chain of stores …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Full-size photos arrive for real on Google+  —  Trying to keep its photo fans happy, Google now lets people upload full-resolution images to Google+.  But big photos count against Google's 5GB free limit.  —  Google now lets Google+ users override a setting that limited photos they uploaded …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET:
The untold story behind Apple's $13,000 operating system  —  CNET looks at newly surfaced contracts, design specs, and page after page of schematics and code, revealing how Apple created its first disk OS, a chapter of Silicon Valley history critical to its later success.
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
As Web Search Goes Mobile, Competitors Chip at Google's Lead  —  Say you need a latté.  You might pull out your phone, open the Yelp app and search for a nearby cafe.  If instead you want to buy an espresso machine, you will most likely tap Amazon.com.  —  Either way, Google lost a customer.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Apple no longer blocking Microsoft's SkyDrive iOS update, version 3.0 released  —  Microsoft and Apple have been locked in a battle over Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud-storage app for iOS.  The two companies were originally sparring over a 30 percent cut of revenue from SkyDrive storage purchases …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Huh?  EA builds an app for sharing music and photos (exclusive)  —  Electronic Arts has stretched beyond its roots as a game publisher by creating a social networking app for sharing music and photos.  —  That's right.  It has nothing to do with games.  Vue is a free mobile app that EA …
More: CNET and The Verge
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Who Wrote the Flashback OS X Worm?  —  A year ago today, Apple released a software update to halt the spread of the Flashback worm, a malware strain that infected more than 650,000 Mac OS X systems using a vulnerability in Apple's version of Java.  This somewhat dismal anniversary is probably …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Asian bill-sharing startup BillPin buys BillMonk, the US service that inspired it  —  BillPin, a bill-sharing startup out of Singapore that launched to the public 6 weeks ago, has done something rather unique after it completed the undisclosed acquisition of BillMonk, a 2005-founded US company …

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