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March 14, 2014, 4:45 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:
Asustek dual-OS mobile device plans shelved, due to opposition from Microsoft and Google  —  Plans for mobile devices running operating systems from both Microsoft and Google have apparently hit a wall, falling victim to opposition from the software suppliers.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
More: MarketWatchTweets: @mims and @pkedrosky
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
General Colin Powell Joins Salesforce Board Of Directors, As CRM Giant Zeros In On Public Sector  —  Salesforce today announced an interesting development in its leadership ranks: General Colin Powell is joining its board of directors.  He brings the total number of members of the board up to 11.
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.
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.
More: Expa and VentureBreak
Eric Blattberg / VentureBeat:
Castlight Health prices IPO at $16, above earlier estimates  —  Castlight Health has priced its impending IPO shares even higher than its recently revised upward estimate.  —  The health software company priced itself at $16 per share, so it raised $178 million after unloading 11.1 million shares to investors.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Social Analytics Platform Synthesio Secures $20M Series B From Idinvest Partners  —  Synthesio, the global social ‘listening and analysis’ platform, has announced it's secured a Series B funding round of $20 million in funding from a European private equity firm, Idinvest Partners.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.

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