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February 27, 2014, 5:10 PM

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Guardian:
GCHQ, aided by NSA, intercepted and stored webcam images of millions of global Yahoo users  —  UK spy agency intercepted webcam images of millions of Yahoo users  —  • Optic Nerve program collected Yahoo webcam images in bulk  —  • 1.8m users targeted by GCHQ in six-month period alone
Fred Wilson / AVC:
Fred Wilson to Senator Manchin: “Benefits of Bitcoin will be as important, impactful, and beneficial as that of the Internet”  —  A Letter To Senator Manchin  —  Senator Joe Manchin wrote a public letter to financial regulators asking them to “take appropriate action to limit …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Amazon Talks to Music Labels About a Streaming Service  —  Amazon gives away movies and TV shows to people who join its Amazon Prime subscription service.  When will it start giving away music, too?  —  Maybe this year.  People have been predicting that Amazon would offer a Spotify …
Steven Brill / TIME:
How an ad-hoc team of outside coders and troubleshooters revived HealthCare.gov  —  Obama's Trauma Team  —  How an unlikely group of high-tech wizards revived Obama's troubled HealthCare.gov website  —  more than two weeks after the launch of HealthCare.gov—White House chief …
Tweets: @benlabolt
Luke Baker / Reuters:
Europe invites Apple, Google to discuss ‘in-app’ purchases  —  (Reuters) - The European Commission announced plans on Thursday to tackle one of the scourges of the modern age - games on tablets and mobile phones that allow adults and children to rack up vast credit card bills by making “in-app” purchases.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Google donates $6.8 million to fund free transit rides for San Francisco youth  —  Amid widespread protests over tech companies' use of public transit infrastructure, Google said today it would fund two years of free transit rides for San Francisco youth.  The $6.8 million grant …
More: NBC Bay AreaTweets: @bhaggs and @mattyglesias
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Facebook Messenger for Windows will shut down on March 3  —  Facebook today began prompting Facebook Messenger for Windows users with a message saying the app is shutting down next week.  Without much of an explanation, the company plans to kill off Windows support for Facebook Messenger on March 3.
Daniel Terdiman / CNET:
It's official: Google Barge moving to Stockton  —  The guessing game about Google Barge's future destination after leaving its current construction site on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay is over.  —  CNET has confirmed that Google Barge will be heading to Stockton, Calif. (a move we first reported was imminent).
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Tinder: Now Doing 750 Million Swipes & 10 Million Matches Per Day … Hot dating app Tinder is doing 750 million “swipes” per day that lead to 10 million introductions, up from 5 million matches in December.  —  The latest stats came from Tinder founder and CEO Sean Rad, speaking at Upfront Summit …
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
T-Mobile has turned every accepted practice in the mobile phone business on its head  —  T-Mobile Turns an Industry on Its Ear  —  A rash of consumer-friendliness has broken out across the mobile data industry.  Over the last year, the four major carriers — AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile …
More: QuartzTweets: @alexisohanian and @johnlegere
Nancy Gohring / CITEworld:
With $50 million, ClearSlide will beef up analytics for salespeople  —  ClearSlide [1], the provider of services designed to help sales people better communicate with customers, just raised a whopping $50 million.  It plans to use the funding to scale up and continue developing more analytics capabilities.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Maps Gallery To Make Public Data Maps More Discoverable  —  Google today launched the Google Maps Gallery, an extension of the Google Maps Public Data Program it announced last October.  The new gallery is meant to showcase maps from the organizations Google is working with …
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Warner Bros. considering $10M-15M investment in gaming-centric video network Machinima  —  Warner Bros. Considers Investment in Machinima  —  Warner Bros. is mulling an investment in Web video network Machinima.  —  The film studio is said to be considering putting $10 million to $15 million …
David Pierce / The Verge:
Moov is a fitness tracker that tells you how to improve your workouts  —  Meet Moov, the fitness tracker that turns Siri into your new personal trainer  —  Nikola Hu is running wrong.  He's loping along, leaning back as he goes.  Suddenly a voice emerges from his phone: “Your cadence is low.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple Launches Big Improvements For iOS Management Tools For Enterprise And Education  —  Apple has been busy in the IT department.  Today, it released a slew of improvements and alterations to its large-scale deployment tools for education and enterprise customers.

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Brings World's Fastest Texting to Windows Phone 8.1  —  Gaurav Sharma appeared relaxed but focused in his purple hoodie on Jan. 16, 2014.  Less than 20 seconds later, Sharma, a 15-year-old …
Atlassian:
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