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March 5, 2014, 1:10 PM

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Laurie Segall / CNNMoney.com:
CNN sells Zite to Flipboard, teams up to launch custom magazines for CNN shows, in deal valued at up to $60M  —  CNN sells Zite to Flipboard  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) CNN has sold its news reader app, Zite, to Flipboard, a social magazine application.  As part of the deal …
Bloomberg:
Bill Gates, Satya Nadella, Tony Bates and Microsoft's board all initially opposed Ballmer's plan for Nokia acquisition  —  Microsoft's Nadella Manages Legacy of Ballmer-Board Split  —  New Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella is seeking to reshape a company whose main businesses are losing steam …
Cam Bunton / TmoNews:
94% of T-Mobile Blackberry promo participants switched to other smartphones  —  94% of BlackBerry trade-ins switched to other platforms during promo … Tomorrow, March 5th, the $200 trade-in for an old BlackBerry device offer is ending.  We've already heard from T-Mobile's CMO …
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.
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
Corning exec: sapphire crystal displays are expensive, heavy, and environmentally unfriendly  —  Corning exec slams sapphire —rumored for Apple device  —  A Corning executive launched a blistering critique of sapphire crystal, used as a protective material for displays, on Tuesday.
Jeff Elder / Wall Street Journal:
Yielding to Pressure, Facebook Restricts Gun Promotion on Social Network … Facebook announced Wednesday new restrictions on promoting guns on the social network, amid pressure from groups favoring gun control.  —  In a blog post, Facebook said it will remove offers to sell guns without background checks …
William Launder / Wall Street Journal:
Business Insider raises $12M from Bezos, others, for staff expansion and UK launch  —  Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Puts More Money Into Business Insider  —  Site Plans to Use Money to Hire More Staff, Finance U.K. Launch  —  Business Insider raised an additional $12 million in funding …
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.
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Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Yahoo acquires social media visualization startup Vizify  —  Vizify, a Portland-based startup that turns your social media chatter into visualizations, today was acquired by Yahoo.  —  Vizify, founded by Todd Silverstein, Jeff Cutler-Stamm, and Eli Tucker in 2011, is all about helping individuals make great first impressions.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Facebook Messenger arrives for Windows Phone sans voice features  —  Microsoft was clearly being cautious when it said Facebook Messenger would be available for Windows Phone within a few weeks of Mobile World Congress — it's already here, just over a week later.
Shawn Musgrave / BetaBoston:
Car repo companies profit from scanned license plates showing when and where cars were located  —  A vast hidden surveillance network runs across America, powered by the repo industry  —  Few notice the “spotter car” from Manny Sousa's repo company as it scours Massachusetts parking lots …
Thanks:@morisy
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Quality of CarPlay implementation varies wildly with car manufacturers  —  'It's the Software, Dummy'  —  Dan Moren, writing for Macworld: … I like the analogy.  But is CarPlay the iPhone in 2007, or the Rokr in 2005?  From what I've seen today:  — The Volvo implementation looks pretty good.

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