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March 4, 2014, 1:50 AM

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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 …
Chris O'Brien / Los Angeles Times:
Microsoft puts creator of ‘Scroogled’ ads in charge of strategy  —  Mark Penn, Microsoft's new head of strategy, was chief strategist of Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign.  (Win McNamee / Getty Images / January 5, 2008)  —  Anyone who thought new Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella might …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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:
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.
More: Telegraph and Chip ChickTweets: @stevenf
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: 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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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
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, ACLU and Hit & RunTweets: @sharonvak

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