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April 4, 2013, 10:15 PM

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Facebook Newsroom:
Introducing Home  —  Today we're introducing Home - a new way to turn your Android phone into a great, living, social phone.  We all want to share and connect.  That's how we discover new information and build meaningful relationships.  But today, phones are built around tasks and apps.
Steven Levy / Wired:
Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook Home, Money, and the Future of Communication  —  As caretaker of a service with a billion users, Mark Zuckerberg is used to sparking protest.  Any time his company releases a new product, adjusts a privacy setting, or even tweaks the design, thousands …
David Pierce / The Verge:
Facebook Home revamps any Android phone to make it about ‘people, not apps’  —  Facebook's throwing its hat in the Android ring in a big, big way.  Today at an event at the company's campus in California, Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook Home, a deep software integration with Android that puts Facebook services front and center.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
HTC and Facebook announce the First smartphone with AT&T, arriving April 12th for $99.99  —  HTC and Facebook have just announced the First, a new smartphone that puts Facebook front and center and runs on AT&T's network.  Despite its name, the First isn't the first device that Facebook …
CNET:
Apple's iMessage encryption trips up feds' surveillance  —  Internal document from the Drug Enforcement Administration complains that messages sent with Apple's encrypted chat service are “impossible to intercept,” even with a warrant.  —  Encryption used in Apple's iMessage chat service …
Peter Burrows / Businessweek:
Apple's Campus 2 Shapes Up as an Investor Relations Nightmare  —  At what turned out to be his last public appearance, Steve Jobs stood before the Cupertino City Council on June 7, 2011, to present plans for a new corporate campus for Apple (AAPL).  Scarecrow thin but forceful as ever …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Verizon CEO says he's open to dropping contracts  —  CEO Lowell McAdams says the company could easily shift to the model if consumers begin demanding it.  —  Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam cracked open the door to a full no-contract wireless world.  —  McAdam said it was “pretty easy” …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
comScore: Apple increases lead as top US smartphone maker, Samsung gains; Android down second month in a row  —  In the US, Apple started 2013 as the top OEM and it has only further increased its lead in February.  Samsung is gaining as well, but not quite as quickly.
Paul Sloan / CNET:
For labels, Apple's iRadio deal could be sweeter than Pandora  —  Apple is close to a deal with two major music labels to bring to life its streaming music service, which could pay labels better than Pandora does.  —  Apple is close to striking a streaming deal with two of the major music labels …
Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
Google Fights U.S. National Security Probe Data Demand  —  Google Inc. (GOOG), operator of the world's largest search engine, is challenging a demand by the U.S. government for private user information in a national security probe, according to a court filing.
Bloomberg:
France Telecom CEO Says Frugal Buyers Threaten IPhone Sales  —  France Telecom SA (FTE) Chief Executive Officer Stephane Richard, head of one of Europe's largest wireless carriers, said the increasing frugality of customers is threatening sales of pricey phones such as Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iPhone.
Rob Isaac / prng.net:
A Short Translation from Bulls**t to English of Selected Portions of the Google Chrome Blink Developer FAQ  —  1 Why is Chrome spawning a new browser engine?  The WebKit maintainers wouldn't let us attack Apple directly, by changing WebKit in ways that would make it perform badly on OS X and iOS.
George Winslow / Broadcasting & Cable:
NAB: Sony Launches Media Cloud Services  —  Sony is the latest to jump into the cloud services business with the launch of a new subsidiary, Sony Media Cloud Services, which will provide cloud services to help producers share, store and process content from around the world.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Hewlett-Packard Chairman Ray Lane Stepping Down  —  Hewlett-Packard Chairman Ray Lane is stepping down from the chairmanship of the company.  Director Ralph Whitworth will be taking over as Chairman while the company seeks to find a permanent replacement.  Lane will remain on the board.

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