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February 27, 2014, 7:10 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:
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).
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 …
eBay, Inc.:
eBay chairman Omidyar defends board members, CEO against Icahn attack, says PayPal should remain part of the company  —  Statement by Pierre Omidyar, eBay Inc. Chairman of the Board  —  I am eBay Inc.'s founder, board chairman and largest shareholder.  —  A new eBay shareholder, Carl Icahn …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
ABC will live-stream Oscars on web and mobile only to pay-TV subscribers in select markets  —  ABC Will Live-Stream Oscars to Web, Mobile Apps for First Time — But There's a Catch  —  Alphabet net to offer kudocast through Watch ABC apps and website, accessible only through certain pay-TV partners
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.
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Salesforce Q4 Beats Street, as CFO Smith Plans Exit  —  Cloud software company Salesforce.com just announced quarterly earnings results that were slightly better than what analysts had estimated, and the company announced that CFO Graham Smith will retire next year.
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 …
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 …
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.
Tim Stevens / CNET:
Ford ‘not married’ to Microsoft for next-gen Sync, but BlackBerry isn't necessarily in  —  BARCELONA, Spain — There's been no shortage of talk and speculation of late surrounding Ford's relationship with Microsoft.  —  Microsoft has, since the beginning of Sync, provided the software underpinnings …
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
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.
Associated Press:
California Court: Drivers Can Read Cellphone Maps … FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Drivers in California can legally read a map on their hand-held cellphones while behind the wheel, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.  —  The 5th District Court of Appeal reversed the case of a Fresno man …
Dan Rayburn / StreamingMediaBlog.com:
Here's How The Comcast & Netflix Deal Is Structured, With Data & Numbers  —  There's been a lot of speculation involving the business and technical details surrounding the recent deal between Comcast and Netflix and plenty of wrong numbers and information being used.
More: Daring FireballTweets: @gigastaceyThanks:@danrayburn
Jake Smith / Pocket-lint:
Minecraft movie in the works as it crosses 100 million registered users  —  Hit video game Minecraft will be hitting the big screen, the game's creator Markus Persson announced on Thursday.  —  “Someone is trying leak the fact that we're working with Warner Brothers on a potential Minecraft Movie,” Persson tweeted.

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