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March 17, 2014, 3:15 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.
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.
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 …
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:
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 …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Set Top Box Will Be A Dongle Like Chromecast, Could Feature OnLive-Style Streaming  —  Amazon is readying a game console/set top box of its own, and we've learned from multiple sources familiar with the device that the Lab126-produced gadget will have a form factor similar to the Chromecast …
More: Engadget, Liliputing and SlashGearTweets: @zseward
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.
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.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Google Hangouts, Gmail Chat And Google Spreadsheets Go Down  —  Google's real-time chat services, including Hangouts in Google+, Gmail, went down today, in an outage that appears to be fairly widespread.  Messages in Gmail's chat integration are receiving system messages saying “[User] …
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.
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Before He Died, Steve Jobs Told Top Executives Apple Would Not Be Making A TV  —  Ever since Apple released the iPad, people have been speculating about what Apple would do next.  —  After revolutionizing the mobile phone with the iPhone, and the PC with the iPad, many expect Apple to revolutionize the TV.

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