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March 14, 2014, 5:45 AM

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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Nook redo their agreement; no Microsoft e-reader in the works  —  Summary: It looks like the Nook Windows 8 app may be superseded by a Microsoft reading app.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 …
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 …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
On-Demand Ride-Sharing Startup Lyft Adds Insurance Between Rides  —  In the modern transportation market, companies like Lyft, Uber, and Sidecar have emerged to help get users from point A to point B. But with current regulations, there are questions about who is protected against potential liabilities when something goes wrong.
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Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Clinkle's Still a Hot Mess as Its Big Shot COO Departs (Updated)  —  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 …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Plex opens up Chromecast to everyone, adds automatic camera upload  —  Media center app maker Plex followed through on a promise Thursday to remove restrictions around its Chromecast implementations, opening up the feature to all of its users including non-subscribers.
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 …
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 …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Time Warner Cable Admits Few Have Shown Interest In Usage Caps  —  After Time Warner Cable took a public relations beating for pushing mandatory low caps (as low as 5 GB) and high per byte overages (as high as $5 per additional gigabyte) on consumers back in 2009, the company has been stepping …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
YouTube Gives UK Gov't Broad Powers To Censor Videos It Doesn't Like, Even If They're Legal  —  A few years ago, then-Senator Joe Lieberman went on a bizarre anti-free speech crusade against YouTube, arguing that by allowing “terrorists” to post videos to YouTube, people were watching those videos and magically turning into terrorists.
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.
Ashley Feinberg / Gizmodo:
Target turned off function to automatically delete malware, reacted only after DOJ notificaton  —  Target Knew About Its Massive Hack—It Just Didn't Do Anything to Stop It  —  Throughout the total absurdity that's been the aftermath of Target's massive data breach, one question has continued …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
FCC approves AT&T's purchase of Leap Wireless, says it's ‘in the public interest’  —  The Federal Communications Commission has approved AT&T's acquisition of Leap Wireless, the company that operates the popular Cricket brand of prepaid wireless service.  Acknowledging that an unchecked deal …

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