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March 18, 2014, 7:30 AM

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Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:
Apple introduces 8 GB iPhone 5c to help boost disappointing sales (update: now on European Apple stores)  —  Update: Apple has now added the 8 GB 5c to its European online stores.  In the UK, the device is priced at £429 unlocked — a difference of £40 between it and the 16 GB model.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft Office for iPad will be unveiled this month  —  Satya Nadella is planning to host his first press event as Microsoft CEO next week.  The software maker has been inviting members of the media to a special cloud- and mobile-focused event in San Francisco on March 27th.
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 …
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.
Nellie Bowles / Re/code:
Apple doesn't accept Steve Jobs-themed apps  —  Quoth Steve Jobs, but Never in the App Store  —  Since he died in October of 2011, people have looked for a myriad of ways to remember Apple legend Steve Jobs.  —  That has included a recent mosaic by San Francisco-based artist Jason Mecier …
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Seattle limits number of ride-sharing drivers on the road to 150 per company at any given time  —  Seattle City Council approves cap on Lyft, UberX, Sidecar drivers  —  Councilmember Mike O'Brien speaks at Monday's Seattle City Council meeting.  —  After nearly one year of deliberation …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Acquires Zulip, A Stealthy Workplace Chat Solution Still In Private Beta  —  Dropbox has quietly acquired Zulip, the makers of a workplace chat solution for desktop and mobile, which had yet to publicly launch.  Though still in private beta at the time of the acquisition …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter Testers Gain Access To A New Timeline Called “Fave People” For Tracking Favorite Twitter Accounts  —  Twitter is experimenting with a new feature called “Fave People,” which allows you to keep track of your favorite Twitter users and accounts in a separate timeline.
Bloomberg:
Cloudera Said to Raise at Least $200 Million in Funding  —  Cloudera Inc. is raising at least $200 million in a new round of financing from investors including Intel Corp., according to people with knowledge of the situation.  —  The fundraising values the maker of open source database software …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Comcast and Time Warner Cable lost 1.1 million video customers in 2013  —  Comcast, Time Warner Cable (TWC), and all other top cable companies lost pay-TV subscribers in 2013, but the companies were able to boost their total broadband Internet subscribers, according to research by Leichtman Research Group.
CB Insights:
Out Early: 67% of Tech Exits in 2013 Went to Early-Stage Startups  —  Unicorns garner the headlines but 67% of investor-backed tech exit transactions last year came after the company raised just a seed or Series A round of financing.  —  The headlines may obsess over the WhatsApps and Twitters of the world …
Gawker:
GitHub co-founder on leave is Tom Preston-Werner, wife said to have intimidated others at the company  —  Meet the Married Duo Behind Tech's Biggest New Harassment Scandal  —  Sam Biddle and Nitasha Tiku  —  GitHub, an immensely popular and influential social network for software code …
David Meyer / Gigaom:
Yandex buys Tel Aviv's KitLocate for low-power location service technology  —  The Russian web giant Yandex has bought an Israeli geolocation firm called KitLocate for its energy-saving location technology.  —  While services like mapping and navigation require a mobile device to constantly check …
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Selena Larson / ReadWrite:
Foursquare CEO: How We'll Tell You Where To Eat And What To Order  —  Dennis Crowley's vision for Foursquare extends way beyond the check-in.  —  The cofounder and CEO of Foursquare envisions a future where our mobile devices learn our behavior and provide suggestions for events …

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