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March 11, 2014, 12:25 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iOS 8: Apple polishes Maps data, adds public transit directions service  —  Apple is readying an upgraded version of its iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch Maps application for the next major release of iOS in an effort to battle Google for mobile maps supremacy, according to sources briefed on the plans.
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Feinstein: CIA searched Intelligence Committee computers  —  The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday sharply accused the CIA of violating federal law and undermining the constitutional principle of congressional oversight as she detailed publicly for the first time how the …
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.
John McDermott / Digiday:
Twitter testing click-to-call button which allows mobile users to call advertisers directly  —  Twitter tries to prove its ads drive sales  —  As part of its continued effort to evolve and broaden its advertising capabilities, Twitter is now touting itself as a platform for effective direct response advertising.
Timothy J. Seppala / Engadget:
A closer look at Titanfall's not-so-secret weapon: Microsoft's cloud  —  While you were busy running along walls and throwing missiles back at your opponents during the Titanfall beta, countless data centers across the world were making sure that each AI-controlled Titan bodyguard had your back.
Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom:
Physicist proposes a new type of computing at SXSW.  Check out orbital computing  —  The demand for computing power is constantly rising, but we're heading to the edge of the cliff in terms of increasing performance — both in terms of the physics of cramming more transistors on a chip and in terms of power consumption.
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.
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 …
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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.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Sonos will forward-publish its patent applications before they are public to inspire other inventions  —  Sonos today announced plans to “forward-publish” its patent applications well before they are available to the public, with the hope they will help other individuals and companies looking …
More: The Sonos Blog and TechnoBuffaloTweets: @wjrothman
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Baljeet Singh, developer of skippable pre-roll ads for YouTube, joins Twitter  —  Twitter poaches YouTube executive in new push for video ads  —  Twitter has hired former YouTube executive Baljeet Singh as a product director in its revenue organization, where he will work to improve …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Netflix reportedly reaches another Comcast-style agreement, but with a Norwegian ISP  —  Netflix's oddly public peering agreement to connect directly with Comcast has, as many expected, been followed closely by a similar deal.  What may surprise some is that this arrangement is with Norway's Telenor …

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