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March 11, 2014, 7:55 AM

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Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Secret-Sharing App Whisper Raising Another $30 Million at $200 Million Valuation  —  Whisper, the popular anonymous sharing app, is reeling in more money from venture capitalists, only six months after its last funding round.  —  The round is worth just shy of $30 million …
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Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
iOS 7.1 on the iPhone 4: As good as it's going to get  —  iOS 7.1 on the iPhone 4 is a step forward, but it's the last one we're likely to get.  —  We weren't impressed by iOS 7 on the iPhone 4.  The Apple A4 that powers the phone is now nearly four years old, and you can feel it from the moment you turn the phone on.
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft Surface power covers available for pre-order today for $199.99, will ship March 19  —  Microsoft Surface Power Covers get a mid-March ship date  —  Summary: Microsoft will begin shipping its battery-life-extending Power Covers for its Surface devices starting March 19 for $199.99.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Intel's 800Gbps cables headed to cloud data centers and supercomputers  —  Intel's pitch for Silicon Photonics.  —  Intel and several of its partners said they will make 800Gbps cables available in the second half of this year, bringing big speed increases to supercomputers and data centers.
Christine Magee / TechCrunch:
Investors are pouring millions into travel startups globally as mobile usage increases  —  Travel Tech Investors Are Ready For Takeoff  —  (Editor's Note: Christine Magee is an analyst for CrunchBase.)  —  Despite the popularity of travel booking sites like Kayak, TripAdvisor, and Expedia …
More: SkiftTweets: @accel
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.
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 …
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 …

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