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March 12, 2014, 9:30 AM

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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
The hot startup at SXSW this year was plain old television  —  AUSTIN, Texas—There was no breakout mobile app, no hot new startup, no celebrity founder holding court over the conference.  But everywhere one turned at South By Southwest Interactive, people were talking about television.
Thomas Cloer / Macworld:
Microsoft will release a new version of Office for Mac this year  —  Microsoft will release a new office suite for the Mac before the end of this year, according to the company's manager for Office products in Germany.  —  The version available today, Office:mac 2011, lags far behind …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
BlackBerry's QNX: Why it's so valuable to Apple, Google, auto industry  —  Summary: For smartphone giants looking to take their experiences to auto dashboards, all roads at least tie into BlackBerry's QNX platform.  Here's why.  —  Apple's CarPlay connects into BlackBerry's QNX platform.
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
An Upcoming Anonymous App Called Cloaq Promises A New Way To Post & Share, No Email Or Phone Number Required  —  A team of engineers, who have asked to not be identified by name, are working to develop a new platform for anonymous posting called Cloaq (pronounced “cloak").
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Biswarup Gooptu / The Economic Times:
Indian online classifieds site Quikr raises $90M led by Swedish investment firm Kinnevik  —  Swedish firm Kinnevik to invest $90 million in Quikr  —  NEW DELHI: Online and mobile classifieds venture Quikr has raised $90 million ( 550 crore) from a group of investors led …
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.

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