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March 3, 2014, 3:30 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft's digital assistant Cortana will support nicknames, “Notebook” system for accessing personal info, Google Now-like notifications  —  This is Cortana, Microsoft's answer to Siri  —  Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update will include Cortana …
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Apple CarPlay in-car initiative debuts with Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo  —  iOS in the Car rebranded with Siri, Maps and third-party music apps all included  —  Apple has a number of automotive partners for CarPlay.  —  Apple has rebranded its iOS in the Car initiative as CarPlay …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft wants Xbox Live to power Android and iOS games  —  Xbox Live is primarily used in Microsoft's consoles and Windows or Windows Phone games for achievements, friend lists, and game matchmaking.  While Microsoft has experimented with achievements on iOS and Android recently …
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Ellen Was On Stage At Oscars With Samsung, Backstage With iPhone  —  Samsung's a big sponsor of the Oscars, to the degree that it even had this year's host Ellen DeGeneres doing a record-breaking star-studded selfie with a Galaxy phone.  But behind the scenes, there's an iPhone being used.
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Eva Dou / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Hiring Engineers in Asia to Speed Product Launches  —  Tech Company Wooing Workers From HTC, Other Rivals  —  TAIPEI— Apple Inc. is hiring hundreds of new engineers and supply-chain managers in China and Taiwan as it attempts to speed up product development and launch a wider range of devices.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
MtGox code posted by hackers as company files for bankruptcy protection  —  Cross Office Shibuya Medio, the office building in Tokyo that is home to MtGox and Mark Karpeles' other companies.  —  Tokyo Apartments  —  As MtGox CEO Mark Karpeles and his lawyers officially filed …
Paul Liberatore / Marin Independent Journal:
Twitter installing century-old log cabins from Montana in dining room of SF headquarters  —  Lib at Large: Novato contractor supplies century-old log cabins for new Twitter headquarters  —  WHAT'S NEW IS old at Twitter's new San Francisco headquarters.  —  The high-tech firm has a new look …
Eric Johnson / Re/code:
Zynga Aims for Reinvention With New Mobile Push  —  Last April, Zynga told shareholders that 2013 would be a “transition year” as the company focused more of its efforts on mobile, where it had fallen behind as competitors like King and Supercell ran up the App Store charts.
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with premium app subscriptions worth over $500  —  After powering the world's most retweeted tweet, Samsung has also revealed a suite of app-based upgrades that future GS5 owners will receive, free, alongside their new smartphone.  While Evernote and Linkedin's premium services …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Samsung Announces New 11.6″ and 13.3″ ARM-Powered Chromebooks With Faux-Leather Finish, Starting At $319.99  —  AirPair Expands Its Live Programming Assistance By Partnering With Stripe, Heroku, And Others  —  Samsung was one of Google's earliest partners in the Chromebook project …

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