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March 14, 2014, 1:00 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 …
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.
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 …
Bloomberg:
Alibaba Said to Plan to File for U.S. IPO as Soon as April  —  Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is preparing to file for an initial public offering in the U.S. as soon as April, according to people with knowledge of the matter.  —  China's largest e-commerce company is working …
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.
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.
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 …
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Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Russia Blocks Access to Major Independent News Sites  —  Russia's government has escalated its use of its Internet censorship law to target news sites, bloggers, and politicians under the slimmest excuse of preventing unauthorized protests and enforcing house arrest regulations.
Eric Blattberg / VentureBeat:
Castlight Health prices IPO at $16, above earlier estimates  —  Above: A group of Castlight Health employees in the company's San Francisco office.  —  Image Credit: Castlight Health  —  Castlight Health has priced its impending IPO shares even higher than its recently revised upward estimate.
Seth Rosenblatt / CNET:
Pwn2Own 2014: Firefox, IE, Safari, Chrome, Adobe Flash and Reader already hacked  —  All hacking eyes on the prize money at CanSecWest  —  VANCOUVER, Canada — When it comes to hacking, it turns out that greed really is good.  —  All four of the major desktop browsers …
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.
Alex Hern / Guardian:
Phone call metadata does betray sensitive details about your life - study  —  Identities of cannabis grower, woman seeking an abortion and MS sufferer inferred in study that confirms danger of widespread access to metadata  —  Warnings that phone call “metadata” can betray detailed information …
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twitter Is Adding Promoted Account Tweets, With Follow Buttons, To Desktop Timelines  —  Twitter will soon add another feature to its Timeline on the desktop to generate revenue: Promoted Accounts, with the option for people to follow them directly with a button embedded in the Tweet.
MediaNama:
Rdio acquires shuttered Indian music streaming service Dhingana  —  Exclusive: Rdio buys Dhingana to Enter India  —  US-based music streaming website Rdio has acquired Indian music streaming website Dhingana, Dhingana has confirmed to MediaNama.  MediaNama had heard about the development from multiple industry sources.
Robert Fenner / Bloomberg:
Satellite Crowdsourcing Adds 2 Million Searchers for Missing Jet  —  Tomnod.com, a crowdsourcing website run by DigitalGlobe Inc. (DGI), has tapped more than 2 million people to scan through satellite images searching for clues about missing Malaysian Airline Systems Bhd.  (MAS) Flight 370.
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 …

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