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Petition to Save Google Reader Reaches 100,000 Signatures (SocialTimes)
A petition on Change.org to save Google Reader, the RSS platform that Google plans to cancel, has reached more than 100,000 signatures. When asked if the company planned to respond to the petition and what the company’s next step would be, a Google spokesperson told us: “We’ve given an overview of our reasoning and plans on our blog posts on the Official Google Blog and the Google Reader blog, and we’ll be communicating directly with our users as we make these changes. We don’t have anything more to share than what was in the posts.” PC Magazine Dave Winer, creator of RSS 2.0, said the concept of having a “mailbox” for news never quite fit with him. “I won’t miss it. Never used the damn thing. Didn’t trust the idea of a big company like Google’s interests being so aligned with mine that I could trust them to get all my news,” he wrote. SocialTimes Brian Shih, a former Google Reader product manager, argues that Google repeatedly endeavored to pull technical staff from Reader and reassign the staffers to social products. Shih’s account suggests that Google saw Reader as competition for Google+. TechCrunch Google – especially under the leadership of Larry Page – simply decided that going after small markets wasn’t in its best interest, so Reader was left to die. For mainstream users, Flipboard, Zite, Pulse and all the other news-reading apps now represent a far superior solution (and they are all mobile-first, while Google Reader never got a chance to do something innovative on mobile at all). CNET Feedly is reaping the benefits of Google’s decision to ax Reader. The RSS app picked up more than 500,000 new users in the two days after the Web giant announced last week that it would retire its RSS app, the company said in a recent blog post.

March Madness: Where to Watch the 2013 NCAA Tournament Live Online (GigaOM)
March Madness is once again streaming each and every game live online. However, this time around, viewing live streams will require a cable subscription – unless the game airs on CBS.

Bud Light, Budweiser Top Quintly’s St. Patrick’s Day Look at Beer on Facebook (AllFacebook)
With many a St. Patrick’s Day celebration taking place this past weekend, social analytics provider Quintly had beer on the brain, compiling a brief snapshot of the beer industry on Facebook. Bud Light and Budweiser topped Quintly’s rankings, which were based on people talking about this and likes.

 

Dropbox Paid Upward of $50 Million for Mailbox (AllThingsD)
When Dropbox announced Friday that it is acquiring Mailbox, terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but it didn’t take long for them to leak out. GigaOM and TechCrunch both claim that Mailbox was acquired for a price “well over” $50 million, with a significant chunk of stock that pushes it closer to $100 million.

Twitter Challenges Facebook to a Music War (AllTwitter)
Facebook might be planning to hijack Twitter’s hashtag, but Twitter (always a step ahead) is going after something that’s actually useful – music. CNET reports that Twitter is planning to launch its own music app, thanks to its recent acquisition of music discovery service We Are Hunted.

Flickr Updates its iOS App Enabling Hashtags (The Next Web)
Flickr released an update on Saturday to its iOS application with hashtag support. Now, users are able to add a hashtag not only to a photo’s title or description, but they can run a search query to find all photos using that term.

 

BuzzFeed is Launching a Business Section (FishbowlNY)
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that BuzzFeed is adding a business section to its wide array of offerings. Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of the site, told The Journal that people love business content and are sharing it more than ever.

Line: We’re a Social Entertainment Platform, Not Just a Free Calls Messaging App (TechCrunch)
Line, an app made by South Korea’s Naver Corp., which has grown rapidly, amassing over 100 million users since its launch in summer 2011, is typically labelled as a messaging app – and compared to the likes of WhatsApp, Viber and Skype because it offers free calls and texts. But in reality Line’s feature set positions it closer to being a social network.

This Study Breaks Down Twitter’s Many, Many Cliques (The Daily Dot)
Twitter is exactly the same as high school, the office, or pretty much any other social confine: people jump into cliques and stick to them. That’s according to a recently published study by the School of Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway and Princeton University.

 

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