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March 8, 2014, 6:00 PM

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Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Lyft Funding Official: Documents Filed for New $150 Million Round  —  Lyft, the ride-sharing app that is locked in an expensive competition with rival Uber, is at least part of the way to its next round of funding.  —  The company filed a document associated with a Series D round worth $150 million …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
HTTPS attack analyzes subtle differences in encrypted traffic to identify pages viewed  —  New attack on HTTPS crypto might reveal if you're pregnant or have cancer  —  As the most widely used technology to prevent eavesdropping on the Internet, HTTPS encryption has seen its share of attacks …
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Next week Medium is launching an iPhone app for reading but not writing posts  —  With Medium, Evan Williams Is Tackling the Future of Writing Online  —  As a founder of both Blogger and Twitter, Evan Williams helped change the way people write online.  Now, with his latest start-up …
Martin Brinkmann / gHacks Technology News:
Mozilla stops development of authentication system Persona, transfers project to community  —  Mozilla makes authentication system Persona Community Project  —  When Mozilla launched Persona under the name BrowserID back in 2012, it had big plans for the authentication service.
Brian Fung / The Switch:
Microsoft is using your data to target political ads on Xbox Live  —  Microsoft is trying to persuade politicians to take out targeted ads on Xbox Live, Skype, MSN and other company platforms as midterm elections begin heating up around the country.  To plug the idea, Microsoft officials handed …
Felix Salmon:
Based on inconclusive evidence, Newsweek's Dorian Nakamoto story is theory, not fact  —  The Satoshi Paradox  —  Newsweek wanted a scoop for its relaunch cover story, and boy did it deliver: it uncovered the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, the inventor of bitcoin.  Who then promptly came out and denied everything.
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
SXSWi gets an international slant with presence from more countries and global-facing panels  —  Foreign Influx Gives Annual Tech Event an International Flavor  —  Going to the South by Southwest technology, music and film festival has long been about discovering the next big thing.
Caitlin McGarry / TechHive:
SXSW starts out with spotlight on security, as Google's Schmidt sounds off on NSA  —  AUSTIN—Austin, Texas is in full-on party mode as South by Southwest kicks off Friday, but the normally lighthearted Interactive portion of the festival—best known for turning Twitter and Foursquare into stars …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Tumblr Now Lets You Dial A Toll-Free Number To Post Audio To Your Blog  —  Tumblr today added a new audio posting feature which lets you dial a toll-free number with your phone in order to post a short recording directly to your blog.  We nearly missed the news of the addition because …

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