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April 17, 2013, 9:05 AM

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Microsoft:
Microsoft and Foxconn Parent Hon Hai Sign Patent Agreement For Android and Chrome Devices  —  Agreement provides broad coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio to manufacturer of more than 40 percent of the world's consumer electronics.  —  Microsoft Corp. and Hon Hai, the parent company of Foxconn …
Steven Musil / CNET:
Microsoft inks patent protection deal with Foxconn parent  —  In exchange for unspecified royalties, Microsoft agrees not to sue the parent company of the world's largest hardware maker for devices it produces that run Google's Android and Chrome operating systems.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
First real-world usage figures suggest Chromebooks are struggling  —  Summary: When the initial batch of Chromebooks hit the market nearly two years ago, some thought these low-cost devices running Google's cloud-centric Chrome OS could be a Windows killer.  NetMarketShare just started …
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Facebook Said to Hire Apple Maps Executive Amid Mobile Push  —  Facebook Inc. (FB) has nabbed another member of Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s original iPhone team, hiring Richard Williamson, the manager who had led Apple's mapping efforts, according to people with knowledge of the hire.
Husain Sumra / MacRumors:
Funny or Die's Steve Jobs Movie ‘iSteve’ Now Available Online  —  After being delayed yesterday, Funny Or Die's Steve Jobs movie “iSteve” has now been released online.  The movie stars Justin Long as Steve Jobs and Lost's Jorge Garcia as Steve Wozniak.  —  The film is the longest video produced …
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
Windows 8 touch devices to drop to $200, says Intel CEO  —  Prices of Windows 8 touch devices based on future Intel chips are set to drop like a rock.  —  Windows 8 touch devices will dive in price, according to Intel executives.  —  The price of Windows 8 touch devices will sink …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Escaping PCs  —  The Windows PC market is contracting.  The market data has been showing unit shipment declining for some time with the latest quarter having perhaps the steepest decline for two decades.  —  What remains undocumented however is how the market looks when considering economic value.
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Google's Wildfire Social Marketing Platform Cuts Standalone Plans To Upsell To Its Full Suite  —  When Google wanted to get into the game of selling social ads across all platforms, it decided to acquire Wildfire, a company that had the market on lockdown.  Since the acquisition last July …
Matt Brian / The Verge:
Amazon to expand its Android Appstore to nearly 200 countries  —  Amazon has announced the next phase in the expansion of its Android Appstore, today notifying developers that they can submit their apps for distribution in nearly 200 countries.  Android device owners in the new regions …
Sam Shead / ZDNet:
Red Hat pushes open source cloud with OpenStack distro  —  Summary: Red Hat has launched a community-led version of the OpenStack cloud platform to accelerate adoption of open source cloud.  —  Sam Shead  —  Linux software giant Red Hat has launched a community-led distribution of the OpenStack open source cloud platform.
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Motorola Plans Stock Android Phones, Sized ‘Just Right’  —  Motorola might be building my dream phone.  Jim Wicks, Motorola's design chief, said the company's first round of products designed after Google's purchase of the company will follow a philosophy of “better is better” rather than …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Yahoo's Q1 2013 revenue of $1.14 billion doesn't excite, but its $0.35 in EPS beats expectations  —  Today Yahoo reported its first quarter financial performance, including revenue of $1.14 billion, and earnings per share of $0.35 on a GAAP basis, and $0.38 on a non-GAAP basis.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Founder Of Drug Site Silk Road Says Bitcoin Booms And Busts Won't Kill His Black Market  —  As the crypto-currency Bitcoin has skyrocketed in value over the last weeks and then fallen even faster, it's produced plenty of excitement and heartache for investors.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Instart Logic Raises $17M From Andreessen Horowitz Greylock To Improve Web And Mobile App Performance  —  Instart Logic, a company that provides a cloud-based service for web publishers to improves site performance over both mobile and WiFi networks, has raised $17 million in Series B funding …
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Jay Alabaster / PC World:
Android founder: We aimed to make a camera OS  —  The creators of Android originally dreamed it would be used to create a world of “smart cameras” that connected to PCs, a founder said, but it was reworked for mobile handsets as the smartphone market began to explode.
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
CISPA vote means companies can't promise to protect privacy  —  Proposed amendment to CISPA said Internet companies' promises to protect customer privacy were legally enforceable.  But then Republicans voted it down.  —  Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other Internet companies and e-mail providers …
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
Data for the Boston Marathon Investigation Will Be Crowdsourced  —  The investigation of Monday's deadly twin bombings in Boston will rely to an extraordinary extent on crowdsourced surveillance, provided by Marathon spectators' cellphone photos, Vine videos, and Instagram feeds.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Releases Safari and Java Updates With Plug-In and Security Improvements  —  Apple today released a series of updates for both Safari and Java, addressing continued issues with Java security.  —  The Safari updates arrive as version 6.0.4 for OS X Mountain Lion and Lion and version 5.1.9 for OS X Snow Leopard.
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
Symantec: Industrial espionage on the rise, SMBs a target  —  Summary: Symantec's latest Internet Security Threat report suggests that SMBs remain an attractive target for those trying to steal intellectual property.  —  Charlie Osborne  —  Security giant Symantec's latest Internet Security Threat report …

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