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March 3, 2014, 6:55 AM

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Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Exclusive: Top Execs Bates and Reller to Depart, as Musical Chairs Begins at Microsoft  —  Two direct reports to new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella — EVP of business development and evangelism Tony Bates and EVP of marketing Tami Reller — are leaving the company, according to numerous sources close to the situation.
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 …
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:
Ellen's Oscars selfie now the most retweeted post ever — a huge win for Samsung  —  Sorry, President Obama — the Internet likes Ellen a lot more.  —  During the Samsung-sponsored Academy Awards tonight, host Ellen Degeneres wrangled celebrities from the audience to tweet an awkward selfie …
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
Inside w00w00: hacking group formed in 1996 counted Jan Koum, Shawn Fanning, and Sean Parker as members  —  Inside The Billion-Dollar Hacker Club  —  For this group of old friends, assembled for an impromptu reunion, the venue would feel familiar: an online chat room running on a secure private server.
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Bloomberg:
Bitcoin Derivatives Sprout as Regulators Play Catch-Up  —  The bankruptcy of a major Bitcoin exchange in Japan not only focused attention on the digital currency's risks, it also rattled a still-newer market that regulators are just starting to monitor: Bitcoin derivatives.
Pete Rizzo / CoinDesk:
UK to Eliminate 20% Tax on Bitcoin Trading  —  The UK's tax agency is set to reverse an earlier ruling that classified virtual currencies as gift vouchers, exempting digital currency trading from a 20% value added tax (VAT).  —  Expected to be formally announced this week …
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
The rise of OpenStreetMap: A quest to conquer Google's mapping empire … This definition of omnipresent sums up many facets of society.  Fast food chains?  Everywhere.  Reality TV shows?  You know the answer.  And what about Google?  Yup, right again.
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Pending shutdown for Wii and DS servers highlights need for more player control  —  Pending shutdown for Wii and DS servers highlights need for more player control.  —  Nintendo fans, mark your calendars for May 20, 2014.  As Nintendo announced yesterday, that's the last day you'll be able …
Tweets: @jayadelson and @kyleorl
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
How movies and TV give life to the mundane text message  —  House of Cards gets in a scene within a scene using text messaging. … In the last decade, movies and television have sprouted a new plot weakness: if tension hinged in any way on a situation that could have been solved …
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