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March 4, 2014, 11:00 AM

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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:
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.  A second source pegs the deal at closer to $150 million.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Microsoft Corporation:
Microsoft CEO announces departure of Tony Bates and Tami Reller, names Mark Penn Chief Strategy Officer, Chris Capossela CMO  —  Satya Nadella announces changes to senior leadership team  —  In the past month, I've had the opportunity to talk with many of you - in person, on Yammer …
Tess / Uber Blog:
Uber to update its iOS app this week allowing users to be notified if surge pricing ends within 30 minutes  —  What Goes Up Must Come Down: Introducing Surge Drop  —  Last Monday, in his keynote address to the Launch Festival, our CEO Travis hinted at a new feature that would …
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
Justice Department Backs Broadcasters in Aereo Dispute  —  In a Supreme Court filing Monday, the Justice Department backed broadcast networks in their fight against online video streaming startup Aereo.  —  Justice Department lawyers argued that Aereo's broadcast television streaming service infringes …
Marc Perton / Engadget:
10 Years In: The birth of Engadget  —  The evening of June 23, 2005, wasn't especially hot in New York City, at least by historical standards.  The day's high was a mere 79 degrees, slightly below average for late June, and well below the record for the day of 96.
Tweets: @engadget
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: Cult of MacTweets: @stevenf
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 …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
With Square Capital, Square Begins Offering Controversial Merchant Cash Advances  —  Square's search for new revenue streams is pushing it toward a controversial industry: Merchant cash advances.  —  The financial product, which operates outside of the regulation of loans …
More: Inc.com, WebProNews and TechCrunchTweets: @caseynewtonThanks:@delrey
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 …
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  —  WHY TODAY'S GIANTS BUILD THE TECH THEY NEED TO STAY ON TOP.  —  Like clockwork, apple introduces an upgrade to its iconic iPhone each year.
Tweets: @om
Capital New York:
Culture blog The Awl bolsters its tech writing talent, hires Buzzfeed's John Herrman and The New Yorker's Matt Buchanan  —  The Awl hires Matt Buchanan from The New Yorker, John Herrman from Buzzfeed  —  Matt Buchanan and John Herrman are leaving their positions at The New Yorker and Buzzfeed …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft wants Xbox Live to power Android and iOS games  —  Xbox Live is primarily used in Microsoft's consoles and Windows or Windows Phone games for achievements, friend lists, and game matchmaking.  While Microsoft has experimented with achievements on iOS and Android recently …

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