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February 26, 2014, 11:25 AM

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Marc Andreessen / Andreessen Horowitz:
The Future of the News Business: A Monumental Twitter Stream All in One Place  —  I am more bullish about the future of the news industry over the next 20 years than almost anyone I know.  You are going to see it grow 10X to 100X from where it is today.  That is my starting point for any discussion about the future of journalism.
Kazuhiko Tamaki / Reuters:
Japan authorities looking into closure of Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange  —  (Reuters) - Japanese authorities are looking into the abrupt closure of Mt. Gox, the top government spokesman said on Wednesday in Tokyo's first official reaction to the turmoil at what was the world's biggest exchange for bitcoin virtual currency.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
App ecosystems reinvent everything hateful about the software industry before the web blew it up  —  App-pocalypse Now  —  I'm getting pretty sick of being nagged to install your damn apps.  —  XKCD helpfully translates:  —  Yeah, there are smart app banners, which are marginally less annoying …
Associated Press:
Apple files appeal in e-book antitrust case  —  Apple asks federal appeals court to overturn finding in antitrust case, or award new trial  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Apple filed papers on Tuesday telling a federal appeals court in New York that a judge's finding it violated antitrust laws …
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
360 million newly stolen credentials on black market: cybersecurity firm  —  (Reuters) - A cybersecurity firm said on Tuesday that it uncovered stolen credentials from some 360 million accounts that are available for sale on cyber black markets, though it is unsure where they came from or what they can be used to access.
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
With Box, Yelp And Palantir On Board, Piazza Lands $8M From Khosla To Bring Recruiting To Its Social Q&A Platform For Students  —  As free online social tools now play a central role in how we communicate, interact and manage our interpersonal relationships, and as consumerization sweeps through …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
The internet is f**ked (but we can fix it)  —  Here's a simple truth: the internet has radically changed the world.  Over the course of the past 20 years, the idea of networking all the world's computers has gone from a research science pipe dream to a necessary condition of economic and social development …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple to Arizona: Anti-gay bill puts Mesa sapphire plant at risk  —  It's not clear if Apple could do business in a state that sanctions discrimination against gays.  —  FORTUNE — Apple (AAPL) confirmed Monday that it has urged Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to veto a bill that would allow business owners …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
OpenX launches its mobile-first native ad exchange  —  OpenX Technologies is launching a mobile-focused native ad exchange today that it says will help app and game developers and publishers make a lot more money.  —  In an event at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, mobile monetization firm OpenX is unveiling Native O|
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Cell phone freedom bill passes House  —  Legislation aimed at letting people use their cell phones with any mobile carrier they wish was narrowly approved by the House today, after several Democrats opposed the bill due to a last minute change in the text.  —  House Republicans called …
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Android malware using TOR anonymity network makes a debut  —  Kaspersky Lab has spotted malware for the Android mobile operating system employing the TOR anonymity network, a development previously only seen on Windows.  —  TOR, short for The Onion Router, is software that offers users …
Juan Carlos Torres / Android Community:
Samsung unveils hexa-core and 2.1 GHz octa-core Exynos chips  —  Showing its full hand at MWC 2014, Samsung has announced two new members of its Exynos 5 family.  The new Exynos 5 Octa 5422 and Hexa 5260 already powers two of Samsung's latest smartphones.  —  As the name indicates …
Rohin Dhar / Priceonomics Blog:
Square is Testing a New App for Ordering Food: Square Pickup  —  Square, the mobile payments startup, is testing a new app called “Square Pickup.”  It's a simple app that lets you order food from a Square merchant ahead of time.  The app is currently in testing with several San Francisco restaurants.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Quietly Begins Pushing Its Photo Backup Software To Google+ Users  —  Google has begun pushing its “Auto Backup” photo archival software to Mac and Windows users via the company's social networking platform, Google+.  The promotion is new, we've confirmed, though the software itself was first launched back in December.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
OpenID Connect Identity Protocol Launches With Support From Google, Microsoft & Others  —  Signing users in to a mobile or web app isn't necessarily hard, but keeping their credentials safe is something that's often best left to specialists.  The OpenID Foundation today announced the launch …
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Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
Google partners with 'Russia's Google' Yandex in a reciprocal advertising deal  —  Yandex is typically known as 'Russia's Google' but it has now teamed up with Google itself so their respective advertising clients will be able to access each other's networks.
Mat Honan / Wired:
Inside the High-Stakes Battle to Control How You Talk to Friends  —  Before the scrum  —  over who will control mobile messaging turned hot last week, with Facebook's $19 billion purchase of WhatsApp, things got very, very cold.  In December, an ice storm was blowing into the Canadian city of Waterloo …
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Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Reddit embraces its role as a journalistic entity with new live-reporting feature  —  Some critics may see Reddit as a more restrained version of the online community 4chan — a place for nerds to talk about Star Trek or whatever the latest meme is — but the site has also become a place …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
BlackBerry Eyes BBM as a Way to Send Money  —  BlackBerry is exploring whether it might be able to expand use of its BBM service as a way to transfer money in emerging markets where the instant messaging service is popular.  —  “We're meeting with partners and we are exploring the market …

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