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March 4, 2014, 3:00 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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
DocuSign Raises $85 Million at $1.6 Billion Valuation  —  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 at roughly $1.6 billion, another person briefed on the matter said.
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.
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
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
Parmy Olson / Forbes:
Inside The Facebook-WhatsApp Megadeal: The Courtship, The Secret Meetings, The $19 Billion Poker Game  —  “Get together?”  —  The subject line of the e-mail was like every other come-on that hit Jan Koum's in-box in the spring of 2012.  He was pounded daily by investors who wanted a piece of his company, WhatsApp.
Tweets: @sfiegermanThanks:@parmy
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
More: Re/code and PE Hub Blog
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.
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.
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Scoop: Spotify hires Beats Music former head of product  —  Fredric Vinna, part of Beats Music's early team of creators, recently left the streaming music service and will soon begin work at its main rival, Spotify.  —  The rivalry between Spotify and Beats Music, two key streaming music services, is deepening.
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

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