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March 6, 2014, 1:40 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 …
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 …
Bloomberg:
Spotify Said to Seek Credit Facility in Step Toward IPO  —  Spotify Ltd., the Stockholm-based music-streaming company backed by billionaire Li Ka-Shing, is speaking with banks about raising a credit facility, a move that could presage an initial public offering in the U.S., people with knowledge of the matter said.
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.
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:
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.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Facebook goes back to basics with latest News Feed redesign  —  After a year testing an aggressive update, Facebook finally settles on a look  —  Almost exactly one year ago, Facebook laid out its vision for the future of News Feed.  Facebook spent months refining its new design …
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
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Banter Debuts An Anonymous Social Network On Mobile That Focuses On Interests, Not Confessions  —  A new mobile app called Banter wants to build an anonymous social network on mobile by carving out a niche for itself that falls somewhere in between mobile messaging apps, like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger …
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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.
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Trusper Raises $6.17M For Tips Based Social Networking App  —  New mobile app developer Trusper has just launched with $6.17 million to bring the knitting circle and the farmers almanac into the age of the iPhone.  —  The Los Gatos based company is the brainchild of Jack Jia …
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 …
Lizette Chapman / Wall Street Journal:
OnDeck Capital Raises $77M Led by Tiger Global to Expand Small Business Lending  —  Tiger Global Management led a $77 million growth round in OnDeck Capital Inc., bankrolling the small business lending site's international and product expansion plans while raising the bar for other companies in the growing alternative lending sector.

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Microsoft:
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