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March 13, 2014, 8:35 AM

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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 …
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Just a Month After Google Capital Funding, Renaissance Learning Sells for $1.1B  —  Google Capital valued Renaissance Learning at $1 billion when it put $40 million into the educational assessment company in mid-February.  Just a month later, Renaissance Learning is worth $1.1 billion …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Event ticketing platform Eventbrite has raised around $50M in new funding at a valuation of over $1B  —  Exclusive: Eventbrite joins $1 billion club  —  Popular event ticketing company raises around $50 million in new round of funding at a big valuation.  —  FORTUNE — Event ticketing …
More: TechCrunchTweets: @danprimack
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 …
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.
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
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
ER doctors use Google Glass and QR codes to identify patients  —  Dr. Steve Horng at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.  —  John Halamka  —  A tech-savvy hospital in Boston developed a custom information-retrieval system for Google Glass, which lets ER doctors scan a QR code …
Dan DeSilva / 9to5Mac:
Apple drops its 30 day return policy on iPhones down to 14 days  —  In the recent past, customers who purchased an iPhone directly from the Apple Online Store and in Apple Retail Stores have had 30 days to return the device for any reason.  The only stipulation was that it had to be undamaged …
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 …
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 …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iOS 8: Apple considers moving iTunes Radio to its own app to boost usage  —  In an effort to boost usage of its new streaming music service that launched alongside iOS 7 last fall, Apple is considering changes to iTunes Radio.  The Cupertino company is now testing iTunes Radio …

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