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March 13, 2014, 10:00 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 …
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 …
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Nook redo their agreement; no Microsoft e-reader in the works  —  Summary: It looks like the Nook Windows 8 app may be superseded by a Microsoft reading app.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 …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Clinkle's Still a Hot Mess as Its Big Shot COO Departs  —  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 is heading …
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.
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 …
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” …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Unity Acquires Applifier To Bring Shareable Instant Replays To More Games  —  Your friend takes out his phone.  “Duuude — You've gotta see this game,” he says, before showing you a particularly crazy scene.  —  Is there really any more effective ad for a game?  —  Unity doesn't think so.
Evan Weese / Columbus Business First:
Fundable bolsters crowdfunding platform with acquisition of LaunchRock  —  Fundable bolsters crowdfunding platform with acquisition of LaunchRock  —  In an “awesome” bit of irony, Fundable LLC has acquired LaunchRock, the online platform that helped launch the crowdfunding site 18 months ago.

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