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March 4, 2014, 5:50 AM

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TechCrunch:
Facebook in talks to buy Titan Aerospace for $60M, plans to use solar drone tech for providing internet access  —  Facebook In Talks To Acquire Drone Maker Titan Aerospace  —  Facebook, one of the primary backers of the Internet.org initiative, which aims to bring affordable Internet access …
Microsoft Corporation:
Microsoft CEO announces departure of Tony Bates and Tami Reller, names Mark Penn Chief Strategy Officer, Chris Capossela CMO  —  Satya Nadella announces changes to senior leadership team  —  In the past month, I've had the opportunity to talk with many of you - in person, on Yammer …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Basis Goes To Intel For Around $100M  —  With $96.7M In Funding, Powa Technologies Debuts PowaTag For Mobile And Audio-Triggered Commerce  —  Intel has won the Basis auction, we're hearing, at a price of around $100 million according to one source.  A second source pegs the deal at closer to $150 million.
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
Justice Department Backs Broadcasters in Aereo Dispute  —  In a Supreme Court filing Monday, the Justice Department backed broadcast networks in their fight against online video streaming startup Aereo.  —  Justice Department lawyers argued that Aereo's broadcast television streaming service infringes …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Dish just secured rights to launch an internet TV service  —  Dish and Disney confirmed a Wall Street Journal report that they've reached a retransmission agreement late Monday, and they did so with a bang: Not only does the agreement force Dish to turn off automated ad skipping for ABC shows …
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Flappy Bird clones account for 95 out of 300 new iOS games in 24 hour period  —  Here are 95 Flappy Bird-inspired iOS games... released in the last 24 hours  —  From Tappy Bieber and Annoying Flappy Fly to Flappy Beard Hipster Quest and Flying Mustache  —  Tappy Bieber is just one of the Flappy Bird clones hitting the App Store.
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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple's voracious appetite for acquisitions outspent Google in 2013  —  Apple is quietly investing far more money to acquire talent, technology and production capacity than the market appears to realize, having liberally outspent even Google over the past year.  —  Apple's acquisition investments over the past quarter
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 …
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 …
Bertel King, Jr / Android Police:
Microsoft Makes The Office 365 Android SDK Available For Download  —  Today Microsoft has released the Office 365 software development kit for Android.  With it, the company wants to invite developers to access Office data inside their apps.  The SDK provides APIs granting permission …
More: GitHub, Gearburn and WinBeta
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
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 …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
With Square Capital, Square Begins Offering Controversial Merchant Cash Advances  —  Square's search for new revenue streams is pushing it toward a controversial industry: Merchant cash advances.  —  The financial product, which operates outside of the regulation of loans …
More: TechCrunchTweets: @caseynewtonThanks:@delrey
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Bill Gates regains world's richest title with net worth of $76B  —  Forbes today released its annual rankings of the world's richest, and there's a familiar face back on top.  —  After a four-year hiatus, Bill Gates is once again the world's richest with a net worth of $76 billion — up from $67 billion last year.
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Game-rental service Gamefly now getting into movies to compete with Netflix  —  Updated at 3:40 p.m. PST with a response from Gamefly CEO Dave Hodess.  —  Video game rental service Gamefly has launched a new movie rental business that will take on Netflix's disc-by-mail business.
Capital New York:
Culture blog The Awl bolsters its tech writing talent, hires Buzzfeed's John Herrman and The New Yorker's Matt Buchanan  —  The Awl hires Matt Buchanan from The New Yorker, John Herrman from Buzzfeed  —  Matt Buchanan and John Herrman are leaving their positions at The New Yorker and Buzzfeed …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Lawsuit: Sprint charged US gov't $21 million too much for spying expenses  —  US files suit against Sprint, says carrier's surveillance fees too high.  —  The US government today filed suit against Sprint, alleging that the company overcharged government agencies when submitting expense …
More: Wired, Electronista, CNET and The RegisterTweets: @howtogeek
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
Samsung spent nearly $20M on ad time during Oscars; Galaxy Note 3 used for Ellen's selfie shot  —  Behind Oscar Selfie: Samsung's Ad Strategy  —  Marketer Spent Nearly $20 Million on Ad Time—and Got Product Placement for Galaxy Phone  —  Samsung Electronics Co. likely spent nearly $20 million …
Eric Jiang / Notes:
OpenStreetMap provider CloudMade shuts its doors on small users  —  (Original email at bottom.)  —  CloudMade, a company selling mapping services (many based on OpenStreetMap data) that competed head-to-head with Google, let its users know that as of May 1st, they'll stop serving anyone who's not on an enterprise plan.

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