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March 13, 2014, 2:55 PM

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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.
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 …
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 …
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” …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Fresh From IPO, Wix Acquires Israeli Startup Appixia To Bring Native Mobile Commerce Support To 42M Users  —  Wix emerged in 2006 as part of a new generation of startups on a mission to do for website creation what Blogger, WordPress and Tumblr have done for bloggers and content creators.

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Microsoft:
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HP:
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VMware:
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