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March 11, 2014, 1:55 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.
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 …
David Kushner / Rolling Stone:
The Flight of the Birdman: Flappy Bird Creator Dong Nguyen Speaks Out  —  How did a chain-smoking geek from Hanoi design the viral hit Flappy Bird - and why did he walk away?  —  By  —  Last April, Dong Nguyen, a quiet 28-year-old who lived with his parents in Hanoi, Vietnam …
More: 9to5Mac and Business InsiderTweets: @sfiegerman
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 …
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.
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Collaboration Software Maker Jive Explores Sale  —  Jive, the enterprise-focused software company that makes social communication and collaboration tools, has explored a sale during the last several months, sources familiar with the matter tell Re/code.  —  These sources say the company …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Add-On Store For Google Docs  —  Google today announced the launch of its add-on store for Google Docs' spreadsheet and word processor apps.  The store, which resembles the Chrome Web Store in its design, currently features about 50 add-ons, with more coming in the near future.
GSMArena.com:
Leaked ad says two rear cameras on the new HTC One will allow post-shot focusing, 3D effects  —  EXCLUSIVE: here's why the HTC One 2014 has two cameras  —  HTC experiments with cameras to set its One phones apart and The All New One will have two cameras but we didn't know why until now.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Disney Ponders the Biggest Big Media YouTube Bet Yet: Buying Maker Studios  —  Disney has been talking to Maker Studios about an acquisition that would value the YouTube network at $500 million or more, according to people familiar with the negotiations.  —  A deal isn't guaranteed.
Eric Johnson / Re/code:
Oculus Picks Up New Chief Architect, Valve's Atman Binstock  —  One of the lead engineers on Valve's experiments with virtual reality, Atman Binstock, has left to join Oculus VR as its chief architect.  —  Binstock will lead a new research and development team based in the Seattle area.
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.
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.
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.
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: SocialTimes and SkiftTweets: @accel
Matthew Miller / ZDNet:
Jawbone releases UP 3.0 app for Android with support for new UP24 band  —  Summary: Just a couple months after the iOS release, Jawbone is now rolling out their UP 3.0 app for Android devices so you can now use the UP24 band with your favorite Android device.  —  Matthew Miller

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