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March 14, 2014, 1:05 AM

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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.
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / 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Nook redo their agreement; no Microsoft e-reader in the works  —  Summary: It looks like the Nook Windows 8 app may be superseded by a Microsoft reading app.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 …
Craig Grannell / Guardian:
How Apple's iOS 7.1 finally quelled users' motion sickness  —  Animations introduced in Apple's new look for its iPhone and iPad interface in September made some feel physically sick.  Now, it's fixed them  —  Apple recently updated its iPhone and iPad software to version 7.1, adding and improving a number of features.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Clinkle's Still a Hot Mess as Its Big Shot COO Departs (Updated)  —  Barry McCarthy was supposed to bring stability to the tumultuous environment at Clinkle, the stealth payments startup he joined in the fall as its first chief operating officer.  Instead, the former longtime Netflix CFO …
MediaNama:
Rdio acquires shuttered Indian music streaming service Dhingana  —  Exclusive: Rdio buys Dhingana to Enter India  —  US-based music streaming website Rdio has acquired Indian music streaming website Dhingana, Dhingana has confirmed to MediaNama.  MediaNama had heard about the development from multiple industry sources.
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Eric Blattberg / VentureBeat:
PayPal mends fences with crowdfunders with revised policies  —  Image Credit: Illustration by Eric Blattberg / VentureBeat  —  PayPal and the crowdfunding community have had a rocky relationship — but the eBay-owned payments company has rebuilt that bridge with revamped crowdfunding policies …
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amid Bullying & Threats Of Violence, Anonymous Social App Yik Yak Shuts Off Access To U.S. Middle & High School Students  —  Anonymous communication platforms and the pre-teen-to-teenage brain are two things that don't mix all that well.  Just look at Ask.fm, for example …
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 …
Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom:
It's a mobile data world: In 2013 voice stopped being U.S. carriers' main revenue driver  —  Just like that, in the fourth quarter of 2013 mobile data usage ticked up to reach a crossover point, making data a bigger revenue source for carriers than voice services.
Rik Henderson / Pocket-lint:
Virgin Media gives customers 5GB of free cloud storage, launches packages for additional space  —  Virgin Media has launched Virgin Media Cloud, its own cloud storage solution for its broadband customers.  The company has teamed with F-Secure, a third-party firm that specialises in digital security …
Amy Gesenhues / Search Engine Land:
Bing's New “Image Match” Button Helps Locate Images Of Varying Resolutions & Sizes  —  Bing announced today it is launching a new “Image Match” button, a feature that helps users quickly find alternative resolutions and sizes of a desired image.  —  When viewing an image from the Bing image search page …
Jeff Baumgartner / Multichannel News:
Layer3 TV Lands $21 Million ‘A’ Round; Leadership Includes Ex-Comcast, TWC & Broadbus Execs  —  Layer3 TV, a startup that is being run by an executive team that includes the former chief technology officer of Comcast, announced an initial closing of a $21 million “A” round that will be used …
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 …
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.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
YouTube Gives UK Gov't Broad Powers To Censor Videos It Doesn't Like, Even If They're Legal  —  A few years ago, then-Senator Joe Lieberman went on a bizarre anti-free speech crusade against YouTube, arguing that by allowing “terrorists” to post videos to YouTube, people were watching those videos and magically turning into terrorists.

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