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March 13, 2014, 7:55 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.
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
NSA calls reports that it spread malware and impersonated Facebook “inaccurate”  —  The NSA Responds To Allegations It Impersonated Facebook And Infected PCs With Malware  —  The NSA has responded to allegations that surfaced yesterday indicating that the agency pretended to be Facebook to infect computers with malware.
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 …
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Nook redo their agreement; no Microsoft e-reader in the works  —  Summary: It looks like the Nook Windows 8 app may be superseded by a Microsoft reading app.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 …
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 …
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” …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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):
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 …

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