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March 13, 2014, 12:00 AM

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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.
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 …
Jarred Walton / AnandTech:
NVIDIA's GeForce 800M series not revolutionary, but Battery Boost can increase battery life by 50-100%  —  NVIDIA's GeForce 800M Lineup for Laptops and Battery Boost  —  Last month NVIDIA launched the first of many Maxwell parts to come with the desktop GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti …
Sean Buckley / Engadget:
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
ER doctors use Google Glass and QR codes to identify patients  —  Dr. Steve Horng at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.  —  John Halamka  —  A tech-savvy hospital in Boston developed a custom information-retrieval system for Google Glass, which lets ER doctors scan a QR code …
Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
Amazon AppStream is now open to all developers to build complex apps running from the cloud  —  Last year, Amazon Web Services unveiled a new service, AppStream, which would run high-resource apps including “3D games and interactive HD applications” from the cloud.
Michael J. Casey / Wall Street Journal:
Perseus, Atlas Launch Global Bitcoin Trading Platform  —  Venture Seeks to Facilitate Trading in Bitcoin by Institutional Investors  —  High-speed telecommunications provider Perseus Telecom and digital currency trading platform Atlas ATS formally launched Wednesday a globally integrated …
Husain Sumra / MacRumors:
Apple TV Update 6.1 Allows AirPlay Discoverability Over Bluetooth  —  When the Apple TV was updated to version 6.1 earlier this week, it was initially thought that there were minimal changes outside of the ability to hide icons in the main menu.  However, a new report from AFP548 …
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 …
Cadie Thompson / CNBC:
Rdio drops Echo Nest after Spotify acquisition, aims for global growth via mobile  —  Streaming music service Rdio aims for global, and mobile  —  Streaming music: More noise than competition?  —  CNBC.com Technology Reporter Cadie Thompson and Rdio CEO Anthony Bay discuss the trends …
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.

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