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April 4, 2013, 5:10 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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Felix Salmon / Medium:
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.
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 …
Rachel King / ZDNet:
Samsung taps Absolute Software for mobile security on Knox, Galaxy S4  —  Summary: Headed for Samsung Knox when it debuts this year, Absolute asserted that Samsung mobile devices will be the first to offer “constant, tamper-proof security connection for tracking, wiping, recovery and IT servicing.”
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Intel: The Big Bet That Could Change TV … Editor-in-chief: Digital  —  @awallenstein  —  Employees at Intel Corp. are free to roam almost anywhere across the vast Santa Clara, Calif., campus they call home.  Certain laboratories are off-limits of course; that's understandable …
Cromwell Schubarth / Silicon Valley Business Journal:
Unusually low number of Q1 VC exits reported  —  U.S. budget and world economic worries appeared to have made for a very small exit window for venture-backed companies in the first three months of 2013.  —  Only eight venture-backed U.S. companies went public in the period, raising $672 million …
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 …

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