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March 11, 2014, 11:10 AM

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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 …
More: CNET and SocialTimesTweets: @eghosao
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.
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.
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:
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
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
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.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft Research's new project to study how hyper-local content can spur civic engagement  —  Microsoft researchers launch new hyper-local project with a Twitter connection  —  Summary: Researchers at Microsoft's FuSE Labs have launched a second project that investigates the intersection of hyper-local content and civic engagement.
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.
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 …
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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