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March 11, 2014, 11:25 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.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Amazon's TV streaming box to ship with Netflix and Hulu Plus apps  —  Amazon's Roku competitor, which could be unveiled any day now, won't just peddle the company's own video streaming service: The device will also have apps for direct competitors including Netflix and Hulu Plus on board, according to multiple sources.
More: GeekWire and SlashGear
John Paczkowski / Re/code:
Apple Gets Final Okay for New Union Square Store in S.F.  —  Apple has been given the all clear to move ahead with construction on its new flagship store in San Francisco's Union Square.  After months of negotiations, the store's lengthy approval process came to an end Tuesday …
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
An online Magna Carta: Berners-Lee calls for bill of rights for web  —  Exclusive: web's inventor warns neutrality under sustained attack from governments and corporations  —  The inventor of the world wide web believes an online “Magna Carta” is needed to protect and enshrine the independence …
More: nst.com.my and CircleID
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Speed-Reader Startup Spritz Closing $3.5M Seed  —  Spritz, a Boston-based startup that's been developing a speed-reading technology in stealth since 2011, is in the process of closing a $3.54 million seed funding round.  Investors include Denis O'Brien, investing through his telco company Digicel.
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 …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple Continues Pursuit Of IT And Education With Improvements To Its ‘Secret’ Loyalty Pricing  —  If you're unfamiliar with Apple's Loyalty Program, we'll forgive you.  It's not all that well publicized and for pretty good reason.  It only kicks in if you're the kind of person who spends …
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.
Bill Gurley / Above the Crowd:
A Deeper Look at Uber's Dynamic Pricing Model  —  Over the course of the past year, many writers have offered their perspectives on Uber's dynamic pricing strategy.  Perhaps the only consistency is that people have deeply passionate views on this topic.  However, there are still many misperceptions …
Bloomberg:
Discovery and Eric Schmidt Back Tapp, Platform for $10-Per-Month Web Video  —  Reportedly in Talks With Sarah Palin for a New Pay Channel Online  —  Fingerpaint  —  Former TV executives Jeff Gaspin and Jon Klein are starting an online video service with backing from Discovery Communications …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Attackers trick 162,000 WordPress sites into launching DDoS attack  —  Technique allows lone attacker hidden in the shadows to wage crippling attacks.  —  Security researchers have uncovered a recent distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that used at least 162,000 WordPress-powered websites to knock another site offline.
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.
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Feinstein: CIA searched Intelligence Committee computers  —  Senate Intelligence Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) accused the CIA of breaking the law by searching her committee's computers.  The Post's Karen Tumulty, Scott Wilson, Terence Samuel and Adam Goldman explain the impact in Washington.
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).

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Intel:
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