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February 26, 2014, 3:10 PM

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Matt Warman / Telegraph:
Google did not bid for WhatsApp  —  Claims that Facebook outbid Google in its $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp are untrue, a top executive has said.  —  Google did not bid for WhatsApp, the company revealed yesterday.  Suggestions that Facebook's $19bn purchase of the instant messaging service outbid …
Emily Flitter / Reuters:
U.S. attorney subpoenaed Mt Gox, other bitcoin businesses: source  —  (Reuters) - Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's office is seeking information from businesses dealing in bitcoin on how some of them handled cyber-attacks that hamstrung several exchanges in recent weeks, a source familiar with the probe said on Wednesday.
Andrea Peterson / The Switch:
Everything you need to know about the latest Bitcoin crisis  —  Kolin Burges, a Mt. Gox customer, protests outside the headquarters of Mt. Gox and its parent company, Tibanne Co., in Tokyo on Tuesday.  (Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg)  —  The once-popular Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has gone dark.
Wall Street Journal:
White House Weighs Four Options for Revamping NSA Phone Surveillance  —  Proposals Range From Running Program Through Phone Companies to Ditching It Altogether  —  WASHINGTON—Administration lawyers have presented the White House with four options for restructuring the National Security …
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.
Liam Spradlin / Android Police:
This Is An Early Prototype Of The Google Watch Made By Motorola Last Year [Update: One More Image]  —  A few days ago, we published a story about Google's possibly upcoming smartwatch.  Current rumors suggest that the watch may be ready in time for Google I/O, and that it might be made by LG.
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 …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
eBay Leads Giant $133.7 Million Investment in Indian Shopping Site Snapdeal  —  EBay is leading a $133.7 million investment in online shopping website Snapdeal that could result in a buyout of what is viewed as the eBay of India.  —  EBay contributed a large majority of the total investment …
Bloomberg:
Rolls-Royce Drone Ships Challenge $375 Billion Industry: Freight  —  In an age of aerial drones and driver-less cars, Rolls-Royce (RR/) Holdings Plc is designing unmanned cargo ships.  —  Rolls-Royce's Blue Ocean development team has set up a virtual-reality prototype at its office in Alesund …
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
David Fincher in Early Talks to Direct Steve Jobs Film for Sony (Exclusive)  —  Based on Walter Isaacson's best-selling biography, the film would reteam Fincher with “Social Network” writer Aaron Sorkin and producer Scott Rudin.  —  David Fincher already has tackled one Silicon Valley billionaire in Mark Zuckerberg.
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Google must remove all “Innocence of Muslims” videos from YouTube, appeals court rules  —  A California appeals court on Wednesday ordered Google to take down all copies of a controversial anti-Islamic movie, granting an injunction to an actress in the film who had filed a copyright claim after being subjected to global death threats.
Mat Smith / Engadget:
LINE takes on Skype and Hangouts with new, cheap, Call service  —  It's all about stickers, really.  LINE means stickers, but as the company keeps telling us, its apps do so much more than that — and even more starting next month.  The Japanese messaging service is launching …
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 …
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Uber kept new drivers off the road to encourage surge pricing and increase fares  —  Limiting supply at riders' expense  —  Andrew Lane is a regular Uber customer with some fond memories of the service.  Last year on President's Day he was the lucky rider selected for an “Ubercade” upgrade.
More: GawkerTweets: @zpower
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 …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
How Google is turning Mountain View into a company town  —  Welcome to Googletown  —  Here's how a city becomes company property  —  Some days it feels like Google is taking over the world.  For the residents of Mountain View, California, that feeling is personal.
Tweets: @mattlynley and @starfire2258Thanks:@srikardr
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 …
Reuters:
Japan's Line denies report of talks to sell stake to SoftBank  —  (Reuters) - Japan-based Line Corp denied a media report it was in talks to sell a stake to SoftBank Corp (9984.T) - a report that comes after big acquisitions of rival messaging app firms have fanned speculation that it too may be up for grabs.
More: Reuters and Quartz
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 …

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Microsoft:
Eye Gaze hackathon team helps Steve Gleason operate his wheelchair — using his eyes  —  The team devises a way to use a Kinect sensor, Microsoft robotics research and eye-tracking technology on Surface Pro 3 to navigate the wheelchair.
HP:
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