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March 6, 2014, 12:00 PM

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Leah McGrath Goodman / Newsweek:
Elusive bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto is reportedly a 64-yr old living in California  —  The Face Behind Bitcoin  —  Satoshi Nakamoto stands at the end of his sunbaked driveway looking timorous.  And annoyed.  He's wearing a rumpled T-shirt, old blue jeans and white gym socks …
Neil Chenoweth / Financial Review:
Apple moved $8.9B in untaxed profits from Australia to Irish subsidiary in last decade  —  How Ireland got Apple's $9bn profit  —  US tech giant Apple has shifted an estimated $8.9 billion in untaxed profits from its Australian operations to a tax haven structure in Ireland in the last decade …
Gemma Padley / British Journal of Photography:
Getty Images makes 35 million images free in fight against copyright infringement  —  Getty Images has single-handedly redefined the entire stock photography market with the launch of a new embedding feature that will make more than 35 million images freely available to anyone for non-commercial usage.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Getty's new embed feature allows free use of its photos for non-commercial use  —  The world's largest photo service just made its pictures free to use  —  Getty Images is betting their business on embeddable photos  —  If you go to the Getty Images website, you'll see millions of images, all watermarked.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Setback for Apple: U.S. judge denies renewed bid for permanent injunction against Samsung  —  After it just became publicly-known that Apple itself had disclosed confidential licensing terms with respect to which it wanted Samsung sanctioned, Apple has to deal with another setback in its litigation with its most important competitor.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Spotify Acquires The Echo Nest, Gaining Control Of The Music DNA Company That Powers Its Rivals  —  Spotify has acquired The Echo Nest, as revealed by an official blog post today.  The financial details of the acquisition haven't been revealed, but The Echo Nest is a self-described …
Emily Price / Engadget:
‘Wello’ iPhone case can track your blood pressure, temperature and more  —  Last year, Scanadu caught our attention with Scout, its simple-to-use tricorder-style health monitor.  Now a new iPhone case promises to make monitoring your vital signs even easier.
Reuters:
EBay CEO says top shareholders agree PayPal should stay put  —  (Reuters) - EBay Inc CEO John Donahoe said on Wednesday that several of the online retailer's most active shareholders have assured him they support his efforts to resist demands by activist investor Carl Icahn for a spin-off of the PayPal unit.
Danny Yadron / Wall Street Journal:
Ex-NSA official warns tech firms that amass vast amounts of personal data to learn from his agency's mistakes  —  Ex-NSA Official Inglis Warns Tech Firms: Be Transparent  —  Companies That Amass Vast Amounts of Personal Data Should Learn From Agency's Mistakes, He Says
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
DigitalOcean Raises $37.2M From Andreessen Horowitz To Take On AWS  —  Cloud hosting company DigitalOcean raised a Series A round of $37.2 million at a $153 million valuation led by Andreessen Horowitz.  Previous investors IA Ventures and CrunchFund also participated, but Andreessen Horowitz …
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
CNN sells Zite to Flipboard in all-stock transaction worth more than the $20M CNN paid in 2011  —  Flipboard buys Zite news app from CNN  —  The standalone iPad news app will eventually be shut down and integrated into Flipboard.  Also: Zite's CEO tells Fortune why he left.
Reuters:
Exclusive: DirecTV in talks with Disney on deal for Internet rights  —  (Reuters) - DirecTV is in talks with Walt Disney Co to license the rights to offer Disney's broadcast and cable channels as part of an Internet-based product, DirecTV said on Wednesday.  —  The deal would mirror …
Ian Hardy / BetaKit:
HootSuite launches HootSuite Labs, a team focussed on developing the next generation of social technologies  —  Vancouver-based HootSuite has had a banner year.  The company successfully raising a massive $165 million Series B venture capital last October, then went on a hiring spree …
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Feds dismiss charges against Barrett Brown for linking to Anonymous' stolen data  —  Feds Drop Most Charges Against Man Who Linked to Anonymous' Stolen Data  —  Federal prosecutors in Texas have moved to drop all but one of the 12 fraud charges against Barrett Brown, a writer charged …
Biz Carson / Gigaom:
CrossCoin Ventures launches first Ripple startup accelerator  —  With Bitcoin's woes, could it be time for Ripple to shine?  CrossCoin Ventures plans to announce Wednesday that it is launching the first Ripple digital currency accelerator, which will be based in San Francisco.

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Microsoft:
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