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March 17, 2014, 6:20 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
This is Healthbook, Apple's major first step into health & fitness tracking  —  Seven years out from the original iPhone's introduction, and four years past the iPad's launch, Apple has found its next market ripe for reinvention: the mobile healthcare and fitness-tracking industry.
Jan Koum / WhatsApp Blog:
WhatsApp founder: Facebook “partnership” won't change values, not collecting new data on users  —  Setting the record straight  —  Since announcing our upcoming partnership with Facebook, we've been truly humbled by how much attention our story has received.
Matt Brian / Engadget:
Apple reportedly launching a cheaper 8GB iPhone 5c on March 18th (updated)  —  Apple doesn't talk about how many iPhone 5c devices it sells, but the rumors are that it's not doing as well as its two siblings.  According to leaked documents from O2 Germany, Cupertino is looking to boost …
John Arlidge / TIME:
Apple Designer Jonathan Ive Talks About Steve Jobs and New Products  —  Apple's design chief helped transform computing, phones and music.  The company's secrecy and Ive's modesty mean he has never given an in-depth interview—until now.  John Arlidge 5:45 AM ET 'Hello.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Microsoft launches free OneNote for Mac, freemium OneNote for Windows, and OneNote cloud API for apps  —  Microsoft today revealed three major announcements regarding its OneNote offering: a free version of OneNote for Mac, a freemium version of OneNote for Windows, and a new cloud API …
Chris O'Brien / Los Angeles Times:
Dorian S. Nakamoto hires lawyer to ‘clear his name’ of bitcoin claim  —  Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto insists he is not the creator of bitcoin.  (Jonathan Alcorn / Bloomberg / March 13, 2014)  —  Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto of Temple City, the man recently named by Newsweek as the mysterious creator of bitcoin …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Microsoft intros an LTE version of the Surface 2, arrives tomorrow for $679  —  As hard as it is to believe, Microsoft has until now never put out a 3G/4G Surface tablet.  But we knew one would come eventually: the company said it was working on an LTE-enabled Surface 2 and indeed, the thing recently surfaced (har) in FCC documents.
Washington Post:
Government computers running Windows XP will be vulnerable to hackers after April 8  —  The deadline for installing secure operating systems on federal government computers will pass next month with the job incomplete, leaving hundreds of thousands of machines running outdated software and unusually vulnerable to hackers.
More: Techdirt and Digital TrendsTweets: @csoghoian
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
danah boyd on her new book, human nature in the age of Snapchat, and the Facebook “anomaly”  —  Researcher danah boyd talks about teens, identity, and the future of digital communication  —  Researcher danah boyd talks about teens, identity, and the future of digital communication
Tweets: @mcubanThanks:@_trendspotter
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google Play Games gets gifts, multiplayer invites, cross-platform Android and iOS multiplayer support  —  At the Game Developers Conference (GDC) today, Google announced a slew of improvements for Google Play Games, its cross-platform game service and SDK for Android, iOS, and the Web.
Chris Wanstrath / GitHub:
GitHub begins full investigation, puts founder on leave after Julie Horvath's departure  —  Update on Julie Horvath's Departure  —  This weekend, GitHub employee Julie Horvath spoke publicly about negative experiences she had at GitHub that contributed to her resignation.
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
IBM denies assisting NSA in customer spying  —  Summary: IBM has categorically denied any involvement with the U.S. National Security Agency's spying spree, and insists it has never handed over client data in the name of surveillance.  —  Charlie Osborne  —  IBM has denied any involvement …

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