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March 3, 2014, 8:55 PM

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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Police hid use of cell phone tracking device from judge because of NDA  —  A police department in Florida failed to tell judges about its use of a cell phone tracking tool “because the department got the device on loan and promised the manufacturer to keep it all under wraps,” …
More: Wired, Gizmodo, ACLU and Hit & RunTweets: @sharonvak
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft to start nagging Windows XP users about April 8 end-of-support date  —  Summary: With Windows XP's end-of-support date just over a month away, Microsoft is turning up the warning volume.  —  On March 8, Microsoft will begin notifying Windows XP users via a pop-up notification …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Facebook Is Advertising Facebook, Again  —  Facebook sells $7 billion worth of ads a year.  Turns out it can make some pretty slick ones, too: Unlike that weird, properly mocked “Chair” ad it tried out two years ago, the spots in its new batch make plenty of real-world sense …
More: Mashable and CNETTweets: @johnpaczkowski and @mikeisaac
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 …

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