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March 13, 2014, 9:55 AM

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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 …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …

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