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March 11, 2014, 6:50 PM

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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 …
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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon hopes to boost MP3 sales with limited music streaming service for Prime members  —  Amazon Working on Music-Streaming Service  —  To Spur Song Purchases, Limits Would Be Placed on Listening  —  Amazon.com Inc. is hoping to offer an on-demand music-streaming service to customers …
More: The Verge and SlashGear
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 …
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.
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 …
Andrew Harris / Bloomberg:
Mt. Gox U.S. Affiliate's Assets Frozen by U.S. Judge  —  Mt. Gox Inc., the American affiliate of the bankrupt Bitcoin exchange that lost track of hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of virtual currency, had its U.S. assets frozen by a federal judge in Chicago.
James Robinson / PandoDaily:
Google buys the ghost of Green Throttle Games, as TV arms race gathers speed  —  Four months after Santa Clara-based Green Throttle Games slowly shuffled off this mortal coil, PandoDaily has confirmed that its parts and labor have been quietly scooped up by Google as a possible asset …
More: 9to5Google
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.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Instagram shoots for global expansion with big Android update  —  Instagram has always set a high bar for speed.  While other photo apps add feature after feature, Instagram's updates generally come in the form of “Bug fixes and performance improvements.”  Instagram's latest update for Android …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Updates Chrome Web Store With Support For Paid Extensions And Themes, Free Trials For Packaged Apps  —  Google made a couple of updates to its Chrome Web Store today and with these, developers can now use the store to offer free trials for packaged apps (which are able to run offline).
Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal:
Metamorphic Ventures raises ~$70M second fund, aims to bridge New York and Silicon Valley  —  Aiming to Bridge Silicon Valley and New York, Metamorphic Ventures Closes Second Fund  —  Silicon Valley may be the world's center of technology, but New York City drives a lot of other industries that need tech.
John Ruwitch / Reuters:
Lenovo says China strike an IBM matter, but it won't cut wages  —  (Reuters) - Chinese PC maker Lenovo Group Ltd said it was up to IBM to resolve a wildcat strike at a China-based factory, as a deal to buy the U.S. company's server business had yet to be finalized.

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