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March 3, 2014, 7:55 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 …
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 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 …
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 …
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
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 …
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.
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:
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft to integrate new social, machine learning technologies into Office 365  —  Summary: Microsoft will be making some big changes as to how Office 365 looks and works later this year with the addition of new Office Graph and ‘Oslo’ technologies.  —  Microsoft is about to make some big changes …
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,” …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple seemingly turns to Tumblr to promote the iPhone 5c  —  Apple appears to have taken to Tumblr to start up a new advertising campaign for the iPhone 5c.  The campaign is called “Every color has a story,” and the webpage called “ISee5c” appeared within the past couple of days.
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 …
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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 …

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