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March 13, 2014, 10:55 AM

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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Tweets: @theinformation
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
John Reynolds / Guardian:
60% of UK's video, video games and music sales now come from the internet  —  Netflix and Spotify help drive UK home entertainment revenues to £5.3bn  —  New figures show that three-fifths of Britain's video, video games and music sales are now derived from the internet
More: Gigaom
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
Bien Perez / South China Morning Post:
Chinese online games firm ChangYou to invest US$600m in mobile push  —  ChangYou.com, a leading mainland developer and operator of online games, will roll out a US$600 million mobile gaming development initiative that represents one of the largest investments in its industry.

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