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March 17, 2014, 9:15 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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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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.

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Microsoft:
Teachers use Bing home page lesson plans to encourage critical thinking skills  —  Find out how free lesson plans based on images like this Siberian tiger from Bing's home page encourage students to explore subjects in creative and thought-provoking ways.
Intel:
Disrupting the Data Center to Create the Digital Services Economy  —  I had the pleasure of joining Tom Krazit on stage at the Gigaom Structure'14 conference to share Intel's vision of the data center in support of the growth of the digital services economy.
VMware:
Top Five Reasons Why Your Organization Should Consider Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery  —  Few organizations can afford the downtime caused by a disaster.  Those capable of weathering such events usually have the datacenters …
Zoho:
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