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March 5, 2014, 8:40 AM

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Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Yahoo to stop user access of services with Facebook, Google IDs  —  (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc will stop letting consumers access its various online services, including Fantasy Sports and photo-sharing site Flickr, by signing-in with their Facebook Inc or Google Inc credentials.
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 …
Tim Stevens / CNET:
2014's battle for dashboard supremacy: Apple's CarPlay vs. Google's OAA vs. MirrorLink  —  Cars have been getting smarter and smartphone connectivity is better than ever, but 2014 should be a quantum leap forward for smartphone connectivity.  Join us as we look at the main contenders.
Matt Brian / Engadget:
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Capital Pours $50M Into Real Estate Marketplace Auction.com At A $1.2B Valuation  —  FreedomPop Announces The Privacy Phone, A Fully-Encrypted Smartphone For $10 A Month  —  Fresh of its public debut last week, Google Capital is putting more money to work this week with the announcement …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Critical crypto bug leaves Linux, hundreds of apps open to eavesdropping  —  Hundreds of open source packages, including the Red Hat, Ubuntu, and Debian distributions of Linux, are susceptible to attacks that circumvent the most widely used technology to prevent eavesdropping on the Internet …
Alvin Wong / UnleashThePhones:
Video shows setup process for Cortana on leaked build of Windows Phone 8.1  —  Exclusive: Cortana Voice Assistant on Windows Phone 8.1 [VIDEO]  —  Building on the videos showing off various brand-new features in the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update that we have brought you …
IDC:
IDC Expects PC Shipments to Fall by -6% in 2014 and Decline Through 2018  —  Worldwide PC shipments fell by -9.8% in 2013, slightly better than a projected decline of -10.1%, but still the most severe contraction on record, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker.
Julia Angwin / New York Times:
In era of free services where we pay with our personal data, privacy is becoming a luxury good  —  Has Privacy Become a Luxury Good?  —  LAST year, I spent more than $2,200 and countless hours trying to protect my privacy.  —  Some of the items I bought — a $230 service that encrypted …
Tweets: @juliaangwin
Robin Wauters / Tech.eu:
Because screw innovation: Uber already deemed illegal in Brussels, two (private) vehicles seized so far  —  The Brussels government really wants to make it impossible for Uber to operate in the city, even with a P2P ride-sharing service.  Two private cars driven by UberPOP drivers were seized this morning.
Tweets: @lsrgt and @jowyang
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
After initial rejection, Cryptocat finally launches on iOS  —  The encrypted chat app Cryptocat is launching today for iOS, after an initial rejection in December.  Previously available as a desktop app and browser plugin, the program uses the OTR model to offer strong encryption and forward secrecy …
Danny O'Brien / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Mexican Protest Site Censored by GoDaddy — with the U.S. Embassy's Help  —  The Mexican website 1dmx.org (mirror here), was set up in the wake of a set of controversial December 1st 2012 protests against the inauguration of the new President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto.
Tweets: @danielnazer and @wikileaks
The Economic Times:
Walmart to expand in e-retailing in India, planning marketplace model akin to Amazon, eBay  —  NEW DELHI: Months after it put its brick-andmortar expansion plans in India in deep freeze, Walmart Stores is quietly readying a major e-retailing push in India with an electronic marketplace business model akin …
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Roku's new Streaming Stick works with most TVs, drops price to $50  —  When Roku released its first Streaming Stick in late 2012, it was a tough sell.  It cost $99 (as much as the highest-end Roku box), only worked with TVs that were certified as “Roku Ready,” and it didn't even ship with a remote.

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