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March 13, 2014, 5:50 PM

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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
Zuckerberg called Obama over spying, says the US should champion, not threaten the internet  —  As the world becomes more complex and governments everywhere struggle, trust in the internet is more important today than ever.  The internet is our shared space.  It helps us connect.  It spreads opportunity.
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 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 …
ZDNet:
Microsoft and Nook redo their agreement; no Microsoft e-reader in the works  —  Summary: It looks like the Nook Windows 8 app may be superseded by a Microsoft reading app.  But the planned Nook Windows Phone app is seemingly tabled.  —  On March 10, Microsoft and Nook Media updated …
Luke Johnson / Trusted Reviews:
Huawei to release dual OS Android-Windows Phone handset in the US in Q2  —  Huawei: We are still committed to Windows Phone but dual OS is better  —  More Huawei Windows Phone handsets are incoming  —  With the Windows Phone platform continuing to increase its market share …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Google removes underlined links, says goodbye to 1996  —  Google started life as a research project in 1996 to crawl the internet and create a search engine. 18 years later, Google is now removing the last of the design left over from that era.  Starting today, the '90s-style underlined links …
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 …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
FCC approves AT&T's purchase of Leap Wireless, says it's ‘in the public interest’  —  The Federal Communications Commission has approved AT&T's acquisition of Leap Wireless, the company that operates the popular Cricket brand of prepaid wireless service.  Acknowledging that an unchecked deal …
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” …
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):
eMarketer and Newsroom Posts:
Desktop Search to Decline $1.4 Billion as Google Users Shift to Mobile  —  Overall desktop ad spending set to decline in 2014 while mobile grows 83.0%  —  Desktop search in the US is poised for a significant decline this year as paid clicks on Google shift toward mobile devices, according to new figures from eMarketer.
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Lookout Hands CEO Reins to Jim Dolce; Founder John Hering Shifts to Executive Chairman  —  Having just turned 30, John Hering is hardly ripe for retirement.  —  But the founder of mobile security firm Lookout does think the time is right for his company to bring in a more experienced hand to lead the business.
Jennifer Baker / PC World:
Europe embraces common charger rules to end mobile compatibility nightmare  —  European Union politicians have vowed to end the “nightmare” of non-compatible phone chargers.  —  The European Parliament on Thursday gave its approval to introduce new common charger for rules for mobile phones …
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.
Evelyn M. Rusli / Wall Street Journal:
Xapo, maker of secret, underground Bitcoin vaults, raises $20M in Benchmark-led round  —  Building the Fort Knox for Bitcoin  —  Bitcoin was supposed to be a frictionless digital currency that required no banks or intermediaries.  —  Yet a raft of bitcoin thefts at exchanges like Mt. Gox …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Maiden Lane raises debut $20M+ fund, with plans to invest half of it in AngelList syndicates  —  Exclusive: Maiden Lane launches to back AngelList syndicates  —  A new firm called Maiden Lane has raised more than $20 million to invest in AngelList syndicates and deals.
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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 …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Layoffs Hit eBay's Magento Division; Product Chief Exits  —  EBay has laid off dozens of people in its Magento e-commerce software division, two people familiar with the moves told Re/code.  The total number of affected jobs is near 50, one of these people said.

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Intel:
Intel Injects Laughter into Mobile Messaging  —  Intel is creating a fun spin on communication with the launch of Pocket Avatars, a new over-the-top (OTT) mobile messaging app developed by Intel Labs technologists.
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