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March 13, 2014, 1:30 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple developing Preview and TextEdit apps for iOS to view 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 in Mac OS X …
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 …
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 …
Bloomberg:
Facebook unveils 15-second video ads selling for $1M-$2.5M a day, targets TV marketing budgets  —  Facebook Unveils Video Ads to Court TV's Market  —  Facebook Inc. (FB) is releasing its long-awaited video-advertising product today, as the world's largest social network moves to diversify …
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.
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 …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:
Google drops price of all monthly Google Drive plans to $2/100GB, $10/1TB, $100/10TB  —  Google announced today on its blog that it's lowering the monthly pricing plans it offers for users buying extra storage on Google Drive.  Google attributes the changes to “recent infrastructure improvements” …
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 …
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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 …
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