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April 17, 2013, 12:10 PM

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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 …
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 …
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft's Xbox team testing smartwatch prototypes with a Surface connector  —  Microsoft is prototyping its own wrist-worn device.  A reliable source familiar with Microsoft's Xbox plans has revealed to The Verge that the company has been developing a wrist-worm device for just over a year.
Paul Mozur / China Real Time Report:
Apple Named in China Porn App Investigation … Apple Inc. is once again in the pages of the People's Daily, this time in an article listing a number of websites and app stores that have been investigated for providing pornographic content in China.  —  The Cupertino, Calif. …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Samsung Galaxy S4 launches on seven U.S. carriers in April [updated]  —  When BGR previewed the Samsung Galaxy S4 back in March, we called it the Android smartphone by which all others will be judged in 2013.  As Samsung announced on Wednesday morning, Judgement Day is coming this month …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
ACLU asks feds to probe wireless carriers over Android security updates  —  “Defective” phones from AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile pose risks, ACLU says.  —  Civil liberties advocates have asked the US Federal Trade Commission to take action against the nation's four major wireless carriers …
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.
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Justice Department Backs Limits on Wireless Companies  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department's top antitrust enforcer said on Tuesday that he supported limits on how much of the nation's airwaves a single wireless company could hold, a condition that could keep AT&T and Verizon from bidding …
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 …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Talking heads: how a late-night hack turned into Facebook's next big thing  —  Facebook gambles on private messages as the future of mobile  —  On a Wednesday almost one year ago, Facebook product designers Joey Flynn and Brandon Walkin decided to work from home.
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 …
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 …
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.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft rolling out two-factor authentication across its product line  —  Summary: Microsoft is joining the two-factor authentication ranks, adding support for this security mechanism across its products and services accessible via a Microsoft Account.  —  There have been hints …
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.
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 …
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.
Dan Farber / CNET:
Yahoo's Marissa Mayer tries to trigger chain reaction  —  For CEO Mayer, the chain reaction starts with great people and products to spur user growth and engagement, leading to higher ad spending and more revenue.  —  Marissa Mayer is sprinting and trying to start a chain reaction.
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