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March 15, 2014, 4:30 PM

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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.
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 …
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.
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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 …
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 …
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.
Suchitra Mohanty / Reuters:
India court rejects Nokia appeal over asset transfer to Microsoft  —  (Reuters) - India's Supreme Court on Friday ordered Nokia to give a 35 billion rupees ($572.5 million) guarantee before it transfers one of its biggest mobile phone plants and other assets in the country to Microsoft Corp.

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