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March 18, 2014, 8:40 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.
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon.com plans to begin shipping its long-awaited video-streaming device in early April  —  Amazon.com plans to begin shipping its long-awaited video-streaming device in early April, through its website as well as retailers including Best Buy and Staples.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Airbnb hopes to offer services for “the entire trip”, including transport, cleaning, and more  —  Inside Airbnb's Grand Hotel Plans  —  HOW BRIAN CHESKY, THE MILLENNIAL IMPRESARIO BEHIND RED-HOT AIRBNB, TEAMED UP WITH CHIP CONLEY, THE HOTEL INDUSTRY'S LAST BLACK-SHEEP INNOVATOR …
Chance Miller / 9to5Google:
Google Play Movies expands availability to 37 new markets  —  Google today has announced a pair of expansions for its Play Movies and TV app.  First off, the app itself has been updated with support for 40 new languages.  The update has also added the ability to download movies in either HD or SD …
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 …

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