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March 4, 2014, 9:50 PM

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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Bloomberg:
Dish's plans for internet TV could cost $20-$30 a month, sources say  —  Dish Takes Lead in Race to Offer Streaming TV to Rival Cable  —  In the race to deliver television over the Internet, Charlie Ergen's Dish Network Corp. (DISH) is pulling ahead.  —  With a groundbreaking agreement yesterday …
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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.
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Backed By $10 Million, Flyby Messenger Is The First Consumer App To Use Image Recognition Tech From Google's “Project Tango”  —  500 Startups Launches Rainbow Round, A Meetup For Members Of The LGBT Tech Community  —  Flyby, a new messaging application that lets you share text …
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
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
HBO Go is coming to the PlayStation 3 today  —  After a very long wait, PlayStation 3 owners will finally be able to stream HBO shows on their consoles.  The console is getting its very own HBO Go app starting today, according to an announcement on the official PlayStation Blog.
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.
Matt McGee / Marketing Land:
Twitter shares first “impressions” metrics for Oscars: 3.3B tweets worldwide in 12 hours  —  Twitter Moves Beyond The Tweet, Shares First “Impressions” Metrics For Oscars  —  As the race for second screen dominance continues, Twitter is changing how it reports its own TV-related reach.
Robin Wauters / Tech.eu:
Belgian judge considers forcing ISPs to block Apple websites over ‘misleading’ product warranties  —  A Belgian magistrate is reportedly considering forcing ISPs to block Apple websites in the country, following a complaint about the company ‘misleading’ consumers on EU-wide product warranty …

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