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HTCone8HTC’s One delayed because suppliers think it’s ‘no longer a tier-one customer,’ says WSJ. HTC One fans were disappointed to learn last week that the phone had been delayed to late March or early April. Now,The Wall Street Journal reports that the flagship meant to turn around HTC’s performance is being hampered by its past defeats. “The company has a problem managing its component suppliers as it has changed its order forecasts drastically and frequently following last year’s unexpected slump in shipments,” says an unnamed executive. He and others blamed the One’s delay on shortages, particularly of the metal casing and camera parts. Full story here.

Samsung Preparing Wristwatch as It Races Apple for Sales. Samsung Electronics Co. is developing a wristwatch as Asia’s biggest technology company races against Apple Inc. (AAPL) to create a new industry of wearable devices that perform similar tasks as smartphones. “We’ve been preparing the watch product for so long,” Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business, said during an interview in Seoul. “We are working very hard to get ready for it. We are preparing products for the future, and the watch is definitely one of them.” Full report here.

Apple Releases iOS 6.1.3, Fixes Passcode Bug. Apple released iOS 6.1.3 Tuesday, a software update that makes improvements to Maps in China and, more importantly, fixes a bug in iOS that allowed someone to bypass the lock screen on an iPhone and access the phone app. Discovered late last month, the iOS vulnerability involved manipulating the iPhone’s emergency call functionality and power button to gain access to the phone. More here.


Microsoft offers developers cash to write Windows 8 apps. Up until last year, it seemed to be an unwritten (or maybe written) policy that the Windows client team wouldn’t pay developers to write apps for Windows 8. But that edict seems to have been rescinded. Microsoft is now offering developers $100 for each Windows 8 and/or Windows Phone 8 app they write, up to a total of 10 apps per Store. This limited-time promotion — which started March 8 and runs until June 30, 2013 — is known as the “Keep the Cash” offer. Participants must live within the 50 United States and be at least 18, according to the fine print.) More here.

Google just announced the launch of its Google Drive Realtime API, a new tool for developers that will allow them to bring the same real-time collaboration features that power Google Drive to their own apps. The API, Google writes, “handles network communication, storage, presence, conflict resolution, and other collaborative details so you can focus on building great apps.” More here.


Nokia wins German patent ruling against HTC. A German court ruled in favor of Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia on Tuesday, saying some devices made by Taiwan’s HTC infringed on its power-saving patent. The case was one of 22 infringement suits Nokia has brought against HTC in Germany, a major battleground in the global patent war between makers of mobile phones, tablet computer devices and their operating software. More here.

Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch Joins Apple As VP of Technology. Adobe System’s longtime chief technology officer Kevin Lynch, who once criticized Apple CEO Steve Jobs for failing to support Adobe’s Flash technology in the iPhone, is leaving the software maker to join Apple as a vice president of technology. Lynch will report to senior vice president Bob Mansfield. More here.

GoogleMicrosoft, Nokia and others voice complaints about Google’s top-level domain requests. The battle against closed-registry generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) is just getting started, and Google and Amazon are right in the middle of it. Amazon is under fire for trying to secure the rights to the .book and .read domains, while Google has received flack for trying to secure the likes of .search, .app, .earth, .car, .fly, .map and .cloud, among others. This is regardless of what Google plans to do with them, or doesn’t plan to do with them. Enter FairSearch, an anti-Google lobbying group of businesses and organizations, which counts Microsoft, Nokia, Oracle, Expedia, TripAdvisor, Hotwire and Kayak among its members. More here.

Yahoo in Talks to Buy Stake in Video Site Dailymotion. Yahoo Inc. is in talks to buy a controlling stake in France Telecom SA’sonline-video site Dailymotion, according to people familiar with the talks, in what would be Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer’s first major acquisition since taking over the Internet pioneer last year. Yahoo could buy as much as 75% of Dailymotion as part of an ownership structure that is under consideration, these people said. More here.

ReadWrite Editor-In-Chief Dan Lyons, A.K.A. Fake Steve Jobs, Is Leaving For Hubspot. Dan Lyons, the editor-in-chief at tech blog ReadWrite, is leaving for a position at marketing software company Hubspot. We heard the news from knowledgeable sources, and the part about Lyons’ departure for Hubspot was confirmed by a SAY Media spokesperson. More here.

ARM Holdings CEO to retire in July. British chip designer ARM Holdings PLC said Tuesday that its CEO will retire later this year and be replaced by the company’s current president. Warren East will step down effective July 1, after nearly 12 years as CEO and 19 years at the company. He’ll be replaced by Simon Segars. More here.


U.S. Probes Microsoft, Partners Over Bribery Claims. Federal regulators are investigating Microsoft Corp.’s MSFT +0.28% relationship with business partners that allegedly bribed foreign government officials in return for software contracts, according to people familiar with the matter. Lawyers from the U.S. Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission are examining kickback allegations made by a former Microsoft representative in China, as well as the company’s relationship with certain resellers and consultants in Romania and Italy, these people said. More here.

Amazon and CIA ink cloud deal. In a move sure to send ripples through the federal IT community, FCW has learned that the CIA has agreed to a cloud computing contract with electronic commerce giant Amazon, worth up to $600 million over 10 years. Amazon Web Services will help the intelligence agency build a private cloud infrastructure that helps the agency keep up with emerging technologies like big data in a cost-effective manner not possible under the CIA’s previous cloud efforts, sources told FCW. Full story here.


TwitterTwitter gets a patent on… Twitter. Although Twitter famously has a pending patent on the familiar “pull-to-refresh” gesture, the company may have just acquired something more valuable: a patent on the Twitter messaging service itself. The new patent issued today with Twitter founders Jack Dorsey and Biz Stone listed as inventors, and broadly describes a messaging service in which users follow each other and sent messages don’t have specific recipients, but are rather sent and displayed to those followers by the system itself. Full report here.

Facebook announces Lookalike Audiences, lets advertisers target potential customers similar to current ones. Facebook on Tuesday announced “Lookalike Audiences,” a new feature for advertisers that is rolling out to power editors this week. Contrary to its name, the new targeting tool doesn’t let marketers only sell ads to a certain group of people based on how they look, but instead lets them “reach potential customers who share similar characteristics with their current ones.” More here.

Ex-Oregon governor candidate charged in Facebook IPO fraud. A former Oregon gubernatorial candidate was arrested on Tuesday for his alleged role in defrauding investors who had hoped to buy shares of Facebook Inc before its initial public offering in May 2012, federal authorities said. More here.


Aaron Swartz (Image: Wikipedia)
Aaron Swartz (Image: Wikipedia)

MIT to release redacted Aaron Swartz documents. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology will release documents related to the case against activist Aaron Swartz but it will edit out names and other information, according to a letter from MIT president Rafael Reif to the MIT community. That will probably not be enough to satisfy Swartz’s legal team and other supporters who say MIT and overzealous prosecutors contributed to Swartz’s death. More here.

Google Images adds filters for animated GIFs. Google is making it easier to find the perfect animated GIF with which to e-mail a friend or post on a blog, adding new filters to Images that let users query specific file types. Google confirmed to CNET that it is rolling out the new filters to users today. The file types now searchable include faces, photos, clip art, line drawings, and animated GIFs. All appear under “search tools.” Click “any type” on the drop-down menu that appears to see the animated GIF option. Full story here.

BlackBerry Co-Founders Bankroll $100 Million Quantum-Science Fund. The two men who started BlackBerry BB.T -0.19% maker Research In Motion Ltd. some 30 years ago are bankrolling a $100 million investment fund targeting commercial applications for advancements in quantum science. Mike Lazaridis, the former co-chief executive and co-chairman of RIM, said Tuesday that he and Doug Fregin have launched the fund, Quantum Valley Investments.More here.

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