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March 10, 2014, 10:25 PM

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Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases iOS 7.1 with CarPlay support, performance improvements, UI tweaks, new accessibility options, more  —  As we previously reported to expect in March, Apple has released its iOS 7.1 software update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users.  The software update delivers a number …
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
eBay's John Donahoe talks Icahn, conflicts, and $100 stock price (someday)  —  “It's the fundamental direction and the fundamental opportunity we're going after.”  —  FORTUNE — eBay has started to go on the offensive.  —  The e-commerce giant began taking swings of its own following …
Alex Colon / Gigaom:
Google Apps referral program to pay $15 for each new user  —  Google is hoping to spread the use of Google Apps for Business through word of mouth - aided by a new referral program that pays a $15 bonus per each new user you sign up.  The company introduced the program in a post to its Enterprise blog on Monday.
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Snowden says encryption and oversight are key to protecting the public from surveillance  —  Speaking to a packed exhibit hall through a Google Hangout, which was passed through seven proxies, Edward Snowden said the keys to protecting the public from government surveillance is encryption and civilian oversight.
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Experian Lapse Allowed ID Theft Service Access to 200 Million Consumer Records  —  In October 2013, KrebsOnSecurity published an exclusive story detailing how a Vietnamese man running an online identity theft service bought personal and financial records on Americans directly from a company owned by Experian …
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Samsung S5 launch coincides with Korean carriers' phone sales suspension  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co's Galaxy S5 smartphone could get off to a slow start in South Korea as the flagship's launch next month will coincide with a 45-day ban on local carriers selling phones, analysts said.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Netflix got a bit faster on Comcast after opening its wallet  —  Netflix performance on Comcast, which had been deteriorating for months, finally got a little better in February according to Netflix's latest speed rankings.Netflix streamed at an average of 1.68Mbps on Comcast in the US in February, up from 1.51Mbps in January.
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
King Digital should have remained private; of 100+ games, 80% revenue comes from Candy Crush  —  ONE-HIT WONDERS  —  For more than a year now, tens of millions of Americans have found time each day to devote themselves to an essential task: swiping at their phones and tablets to arrange colorful candy icons in rows.
Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
Foxconn hiring 15,000 in Taiwan as it builds telecom business to compete with Ericsson, Huawei  —  Hon Hai Beefs Up Hiring In Taiwan  —  Hon Hai Precision Industry, which assembles iPhones and iPads for Apple, is beefing up hiring in Taiwan, its latest effort to seek new avenues of growth beyond …
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Google struggles to index content as apps replace links, looks to deep links as a solution  —  Google Searches for an App Role  —  As Smartphones Undercut Traditional Web Browsing, New Tack Is Needed for Ads  —  Its name has become a verb meaning “to search,” but as users shift to mobile devices …
Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
Judge orders NSA to retain call data that was scheduled to be destroyed Tuesday  —  NSA Phone-Record Destruction Halt Won by Privacy Group  —  The National Security Agency was blocked by a judge from carrying out plans tomorrow to begin destroying phone records collected for surveillance …
New York Times:
Silver Lake to sell Serena Software to HGGC Capital for about $450M after paying $1.2B in 2006  —  HGGC to Buy Serena Software From Silver Lake  —  After eight years, Serena Software has found a new home.  —  HGGC Capital, an investment firm, plans to announce on Monday that it has bought …

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