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March 15, 2014, 7:15 PM

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Nicholas Weaver / Wired:
How the NSA's QUANTUM internet attack system works  —  A Close Look at the NSA's Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool  —  We already knew that the NSA has weaponized the internet, enabling it to “shoot” exploits at anyone it desires.  A single web fetch, imitated by an identified target …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Investors Debate The Ethics Of Anonymity Apps  —  VCs are publicly and privately debating the morality of investing in the burgeoning “anonymish” app space, after a series of negative posts, mainstream gossip, a high profile resignation and even bomb and violence threats have pushed the volume of the debate to eleven.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Secret Now Warning Users Not To “Defame” Others  —  It seems that school children are not the only ones who aren't able to handle the power of anonymous social applications appropriately.  Secret, the San Francisco-based (and now, newly funded) confessional app, has begun warning users to not …
More: Medium and 9to5MacTweets: @davidbyttow
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Warner Brothers to “Veronica Mars” Backers: OK, OK — Use iTunes or Amazon if You Want  —  “Veronica Mars” was supposed to be a triumphant mix of Hollywood and crowd-sourcing: Fans of Kristen Bell's old TV show, aided by Kickstarter, helped fund a movie version, in conjunction with Warner Bros.
Moisés Chiullan / TechHive:
Why Veronica Mars embraced UltraViolet and angered fans  —  The campaign to revive Veronica Mars delivered a number of cool things—an enormous number of new Kickstarter users and, lest we forget, a full-length motion picture of a deeply loved TV series that arrived Friday.
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Refinements, additions, and un-breaking stuff: iOS 7.1 reviewed  —  Time to update! iOS 7.1 is here, and it fixes a lot of iOS 7.0's biggest problems.  —  Aurich Lawson  —  There were about six months between the ouster of Scott Forstall from Apple in late October of 2012 and the unveiling of iOS 7.0 in June of 2013.
Fred Wilson / AVC:
Are we in a bubble? Valuations of high growth tech companies will remain high as long as interest rates stay low  —  The Bubble Question  —  Everywhere I go, everywhere I speak, I get asked this question.  Are we in a bubble?  —  I've been getting asked that question for at least four years now.
More: TrendsTweets: @garrytan and @mikebutcher
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Hucksters and hustlers: inside the hidden brand orgy of SXSW  —  Half a decade ago, some of the brightest minds at South By Southwest Interactive came together to create the worst website in the world.  Jeffrey Bennett proposed online image search for the blind.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Motorola Had Plans For A Super-Powered Google Phone, But Larry Page Refused To Make It Happen  —  When Google bought Motorola for $12.5 billion in 2011, there was lots of talk that Google would revamp its Android division in the image of Apple.  —  Many people, including people at both companies …
Jillian C. York / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Reporters Without Borders includes US and UK in its 2014 “Enemies of the Internet” index  —  A Short Guide to the Internet's Biggest Enemies  —  Reporters Without Borders (RSF) released its annual “Enemies of the Internet” index this week—a ranking first launched in 2006 intended …
Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
Oculus VR, EA, Avegant and others join to form ‘Immersive Technology Alliance’  —  Well, this is certainly a motley crew: a variety of companies in the virtual reality space are teaming up to create the “Immersive Technology Alliance.”  The group is an evolution of an earlier consortium …
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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