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March 12, 2014, 4:00 PM

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The Intercept:
How the NSA Plans to Infect “Millions” of Computers with Malware  —  One presentation outlines how the NSA performs “industrial-scale exploitation” of computer networks across the world.  —  Top-secret documents reveal that the National Security Agency is dramatically expanding its ability …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iOS 8: Apple considers moving iTunes Radio to its own app to boost usage  —  In an effort to boost usage of its new streaming music service that launched alongside iOS 7 last fall, Apple is considering changes to iTunes Radio.  The Cupertino company is now testing iTunes Radio …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
OneNote for Mac coming this month as Microsoft eyes Evernote  —  Microsoft is planning to release a OneNote for Mac app later this month.  Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans tell The Verge that the Mac application is part of a broader effort to expand the features and functionality of OneNote.
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 …
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 …
Dan DeSilva / 9to5Mac:
Apple drops its 30 day return policy on iPhones down to 14 days  —  In the recent past, customers who purchased an iPhone directly from the Apple Online Store and in Apple Retail Stores have had 30 days to return the device for any reason.  The only stipulation was that it had to be undamaged …
Yiren Lu / New York Times:
Why the growing rift between young and old in Silicon Valley is bad for everyone  —  Silicon Valley's Youth Problem  —  The Cisco Meraki office in Mission Bay, San Francisco, is 40 paces from the water, and just as nice as Google's.  On a clear winter day in late December …
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David Meyer / Gigaom:
Web firms face a strict new set of privacy rules in Europe — here's what to expect  —  The European Parliament has overwhelmingly passed a large package of laws intended to strengthen data protection - that's “privacy” in non-legalese - across the European Union.
Emily Price / Engadget:
Starbucks app update lets you tip your barista  —  Starting next week iPhone owners will not only be able to buy your triple-venti-extra-hot-no-foam latte using Starbucks' mobile app, you'll be able to tip your barista for making it as well.  The king of coffee is updating its app March 19th …
Vanessa Grigoriadis / Vanity Fair:
Sergey Brin and Amanda Rosenberg: Inside the Google Co-Founder's Romance with the Google Glass Marketing Manager  —  The story behind Google co-founder Sergey Brin's liaison with Google Glass marketing manager Amanda Rosenberg—and his split from his wife, genetic-testing entrepreneur Anne Wojcicki— has a decidedly futuristic edge.
Ginny Marvin / Marketing Land:
Google Calls It Quits On Brand Banner Ad Test In Search Results  —  Google has ended last fall's test involving large brand banner ads on Google.com.  Amit Singhal, Google's head of search, confirmed the experiment was over in his keynote at SMX West in San Jose, California yesterday.
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.
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Credit Karma Confirms New $85M Financing Round Led By Google Capital  —  Credit Karma, the online credit score provider and credit marketplace, has raised $85 million in a new round of financing led by Google Capital with participation from Tiger Global Management and existing investors.
Reuters:
Candy Crush Saga maker King seeks $7.56 billion valuation from IPO  —  (Reuters) - King Digital Entertainment Plc, best known for the hit mobile phone game Candy Crush Saga, said it expects to price its U.S. initial public offering at between $21 and $24 per share, valuing the company's equity at about $7.56 billion.
New York Times:
How the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court moved from approving wiretap requests to justifying bulk data collection  —  How a Court Secretly Evolved, Extending U.S. Spies' Reach  —  WASHINGTON — Ten months after the Sept. 11 attacks, the nation's surveillance court delivered a ruling …

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