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March 4, 2014, 2:10 PM

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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 …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Intel buying health-tracking wristwatch maker Basis for around $100M  —  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.
Wall Street Journal:
DocuSign Raises $85 Million at $1.6 Billion Valuation  —  By Evelyn M. Rusli and Douglas MacMillan  —  DocuSign, an electronic-signature software company, has raised $85 million from institutional investors, according to two people briefed on the matter.  The fundraising values the company …
Nikkei:
Japan to regulate Bitcoin trades, impose taxes  —  TOKYO — The Japanese government will set rules for trading bitcoins, defining the virtual tender not as a currency but as a commodity akin to gold.  —  Gains from trading bitcoins on online exchanges, and purchases made with them will be subject to Japanese tax.
More: The Next Web and ValueWalkTweets: @kashhill
Matt Brian / Engadget:
Hands-on with Apple's CarPlay: when Siri met Ferrari (video)  —  Apple's in-car infotainment system has been a long time coming.  After it was announced at the company's annual WWDC conference in June last year, “iOS in the Car” flew under the radar, only to undergo a rebrand and launch publicly yesterday under a new moniker: CarPlay.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer retiring after 18 years, to be replaced by VP of finance Luca Maestri  —  Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer retiring after 18 years  —  Apple's chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer will retire at the end of September, after 18 years at the company.
Reuters:
Ukraine hit by cyberattacks: head of Ukraine security service  —  (Reuters) - Ukraine's telecommunications system has come under attack, with equipment installed in Russian-controlled Crimea used to interfere with the mobile phones of members of parliament, the head of Ukraine's SBU security service said on Tuesday.
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
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
iOS 7.1 to ship in time for next week's iTunes Festival, will be needed to stream event  —  iOS 7.1 and the iTunes Festival at SXSW  —  Apple's first iTunes Festival in the U.S. starts a week from today at SXSW in Austin.  Apple is going to stream the performances to iOS devices using an app …
Om Malik / Fast Company:
Today's tech companies must build what they can't buy or risk losing control of their fate  —  Masters of Their Own Destiny  —  Like clockwork, apple introduces an upgrade to its iconic iPhone each year.  Sometimes it's thinner or less curved, but much like a new Porsche, you can look at it and think nothing's changed.
Tweets: @om
Alex Hern / Guardian:
Bitcoin bank Flexcoin closes after hackers steal 896 bitcoin worth £365,000, Poloniex loses 12.3% of reserves in separate hack  —  Bitcoin bank Flexcoin closes after hack attack  —  Bank admits it does not have resources to cover loss of 896 bitcoin worth £365,000 stolen in raid
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Microsoft launches Skype for Outlook.com worldwide, adds Safari for Mac support and HD video calling for PCs  —  Microsoft today launched Skype for Outlook.com worldwide, expanding the service that was previously only available to a select few countries.  At the same time …
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 …
Mike Isaac / Re/code:
Twitter Snafu Triggers Mass Reset of User Passwords  —  If you're a Twitter user, you may have an email sitting in your inbox telling you to change your password right now.  —  You aren't alone.  —  A number of Twitter users received password reset request emails from the microblogging service …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Borro, The High-End Online Pawnshop, Raises $112M To Fill Its Finance Pool, Expand In U.S.  —  TechCrunch Meetup And Pitch-Off In Beirut Tonight  —  Borro, an online platform that lets people borrow cash and put up luxury watches, art and other fine goods as collateral …
Alex Pham / Billboard:
Beats Music buys Topspin Media, a retail and marketing platform for artists  —  Beats Music Buys Topspin  —  Beats Music's Chief Executive Ian Rogers on Tuesday announced his company is acquiring Topspin Media, a platform that lets artists sell merchandise and albums directly to fans.
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: Los Angeles Times and Cult of MacTweets: @stevenf
Ben Fox Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
RadioShack to Close Up to 1,100 Stores  —  Lower Traffic, Increased Promotions Hurt Holiday Sales at Electronics Retailer  —  RadioShack Corp. said Tuesday that it expects to close up to 1,100 U.S. stores, or about 20% of its footprint, while also reporting its fourth-quarter loss widened significantly.
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 …

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