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March 13, 2014, 12:15 PM

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Businessweek:
Target could have stopped theft of 40M credit card numbers after security alarms, but didn't  —  Missed Alarms and 40 Million Stolen Credit Card Numbers: How Target Blew It  —  The biggest retail hack in U.S. history wasn't particularly inventive, nor did it appear destined for success.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple developing iOS versions of Preview, TextEdit for viewing files stored in iCloud by OS X versions  —  iOS 8: Apple works to further push iCloud as the future of the file system  —  When Apple introduced both iOS and iCloud, its goal was to eliminate the classic file system found …
Laura Hazard Owen / Gigaom:
Amazon is raising the price of Prime to $99/year, adds same-day Prime Fresh delivery for $299/year  —  Amazon Prime customers, who have been paying $79 per year for unlimited two-day shipping and other perks, will pay $99 per year when their membership renews.  Here's the text I saw on my Prime page this morning (h/t @sarahw):
Javed Anwer / Times of India:
Sources: Microsoft makes Windows Phone OS free for two Indian phone makers  —  MS offers Windows Phone OS free to Indian players  —  NEW DELHI: Desperate times call for desperate measures.  With Windows Phone failing to make a significant dent in the market share of Google's Android …
Mark Milian / Bloomberg:
Masayoshi Son on how Softbank scored the deal to become iPhone's exclusive carrier in Japan  —  How Steve Jobs Got the iPhone Into Japan  —  The iPhone, it's safe to say, is big in Japan.  Toward the end of last year, three out of every four smartphones sold in Japan were iPhones …
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Amazon Eyed Overseas Markets in Smartphone Talks  —  As Amazon prepares to launch its long-awaited smartphone, opportunities in non-U.S. markets loom large.  —  Amazon executives last spring held talks with possible hardware partners that included detailed discussions on strategies for China …
More: SlashGear and TechnoBuffaloTweets: @theinformation
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
United Airlines introducing iOS-exclusive in-flight movie service in April  —  United Airline to Intro In-Flight Movie Service Starting in April Exclusively for Apple iDevices  —  Starting this April, United Airlines will roll out a new personal device entertainment system onboard select aircraft …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Banjo Raises $16M To Grow Its Experiential Real-Time News And Events Platform  —  Startup Banjo has raised a new $16 million Series B round of funding, bringing its total raised to date to $21 million.  The round was led by Balderton Capital, and included participation from BlueRun Ventures and Vegas Tech Fund, among others.
Bloomberg:
Starbucks Plans to Test Mobile Ordering This Year  —  Starbucks Corp. (SBUX), the world's largest coffee-shop operator, will test a smartphone service this year that lets customers order items ahead of time at some U.S. cafes, part of a push to promote its mobile application.
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Quietly Pulls Xbox Two-Year Contract Plans  —  Microsoft Corp. has quietly stopped selling its last-generation videogame machines at a lower price with a monthly service contract, a model borrowed from the cellphone industry.  —  The Redmond, Wash., company nearly …
Tweets: @wsjd and @iansherr
Kevin C. Tofel / Gigaom:
T-Mobile plans to upgrade its 2G EDGE footprint to 4G LTE by mid-2015  —  You should be able to bid a final goodbye to that dreaded “E” icon on your T-Mobile handset within the next 15 months.  —  Celebrating the one-year anniversary of it's LTE network launch on Thursday …
More: CNET, iMore and WebProNews
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
Bright House cable network to build ultrafast gigabit residential broadband in Tampa, Florida  —  Bright House to Build Ultrafast Broadband Network  —  Bright House Networks, part of the Newhouse family's media empire, said it will build an ultrafast gigabit broadband network in Tampa …
More: EngadgetTweets: @shaliniwsj

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