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March 14, 2014, 8:30 PM

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Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Leaked photos allegedly show Amazon's bluetooth gaming controller  —  Amazon Streamer To Feature Bluetooth Gaming Controller  —  By way of an overseas regulatory agency, similar to our very own FCC, we continue to hone in on the elusive Amazon media streamer.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iOS 8: Apple considers simpler Notifications Center, inter-app communication, auto-deletion of Messages threads, removal of Game Center, CarPlay over WiFi  —  iOS 8: Apple considers Notification Center + Messages tweaks, removing Game Center app  —  Besides adding new Maps, Healthbook …
Wall Street Journal:
Asus may drop dual-OS Android-Windows device after facing pressure from Google and Microsoft  —  Asustek's Dual-OS Devices Hit a Wall  —  Shelves Plans For Transformer Book Duet TD300  —  Plans for a new breed of mobile devices running operating systems from both Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc …
Wall Street Journal:
GoDaddy Prepares for IPO  —  Company to Interview Underwriters in Coming Weeks  —  GoDaddy Group Inc., the Internet company that helps individuals and businesses create websites, is preparing for an initial public share offering, said people familiar with the matter.
Jeff Goodell / Rolling Stone:
Bill Gates on technology, surveillance, the future of the planet and God  —  Bill Gates: The Rolling Stone Interview  —  The richest man in the world explains how to save the planet  —  At 58, Bill Gates is not only the richest man in the world, with a fortune that now exceeds $76 billion, but he may also be the most optimistic.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Secret New “Business Manager” Could Compete With Developer Partners For Marketing Dollars  —  TechCrunch has discovered a big, unannounced marketing tool from Facebook called Business Manager that lets teams at enterprises and agencies manage multiple ad campaigns and Pages in one interface.
Juan Carlos Torres / Android Community:
Google Play Store update lets you require a password for every purchase  —  Google has just started rolling out an update to the Play Store app on Android that, among other things, now offers more fine-grained control when making purchases.  This change could very well be related to the class action suit that the company is now facing.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Anonymous Social App Secret Confirms $8.6 Million In New Funding  —  Secret, the anonymous social sharing app popular among the Silicon Valley and tech industry crowd, officially announced today it has raised $8.6 million in outside investment.  The round included participation from Garry Tan …
Aaron Pressman / Yahoo! Finance:
Popcorn Time app shuts down amid threats of video piracy  —  Popcorn Time, we hardly knew ya.  Just a few days after the new app arrived on the scene with its incredibly easy to use interface giving users acces to the entire Internet storehouse of illegally uploaded movies and TV shows, it has shut down.
Carlos Barria / Reuters:
Sina Weibo files for $500 million U.S. IPO  —  A man holds an iPhone as he visits Sina's Weibo microblogging site in Shanghai May 29, 2012.  —  (Reuters) - Twitter-like messaging service Weibo Corp filed on Friday to raise $500 million via a U.S. initial public offering …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Garrett Camp's Expa Raises $50M To Build New Startups  —  Expa, a self-described “startup studio” created by StumbleUpon and Uber founder Garrett Camp, is announcing that it has raised $50 million in funding from some big names, including Virgin founder Richard Branson and HP CEO Meg Whitman.
Nathaniel Mott / PandoDaily:
Uber and Lyft expand insurance coverage after controversy  —  Uber and Lyft have announced increased insurance coverage for their drivers that will reportedly cover incidents that occur whenever their respective apps are open, not just when drivers have passengers in their cars.
Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom:
Sprint launches more prepaid options, including smartphones with no data plans  —  Prepaid has been very good for Sprint, so good that it runs multiple no-contract services from the Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile brands as well as the Sprint As You Go plans launched last year.
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:
Apple launches new featured App Store section dedicated to taking selfies  —  Apple has added a new section to the iOS App Store today promoting apps used to share selfies (via MacStories' Federico Viticci).  Among the apps included are classics like Snapchat and the Justin Bieber-backed Shots …
Gautham Nagesh / Wall Street Journal:
US Commerce Department prepares to give up oversight of ICANN  —  U.S. Plans to Give Up Oversight of Web Domain Manager  —  Move Seen in Response to International Concern About Country's Control Over Internet Structure  —  The U.S. government is preparing to relinquish oversight of a key body …

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