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March 19, 2014, 1:45 PM

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Richard Lai / Engadget:
Oppo Find 7 is the world's first phone that can take 50MP photos (video)  —  We've seen the teasers and we've seen the leaks, so it's about time to see the real thing.  Oppo has finally unveiled the Find 7 in Beijing just now, and as promised, this Android 4.3 device really can take 50-megapixel photos!
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
Twitter gives up on encrypting direct messages, at least for now  —  Twitter has shelved a project that would have made it more difficult for the government to intercept users' private messages without a court order, sources tell The Verge, a sudden reversal for a company that has been ahead …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Sony reveals Project Morpheus, its VR headset for PlayStation 4  —  Sony has revealed that it is working on virtual reality technology for PS4.  Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Worldwide Studios, made the announcement at an ongoing Game Developers Conference 2014 event entitled Driving the Future of Innovation.
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
The second Oculus Rift developer kit includes higher resolution panels, peripheral camera for position tracking, ships in July for $350  —  World-builders, rejoice: the final Oculus Rift VR dev kit is here  —  One year ago today, Oculus introduced the first version of its prototype virtual reality headset …
David Pakman / Re/code:
Dilemma for music streaming services: labels demand twice what listeners are willing to pay  —  The Price of Music  —  Will the recorded music industry ever grow again?  Since 1999, the industry has been in rapid decline as CDs became unbundled into downloaded singles.
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Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Autodesk Buys Creative Market To Square Up To Adobe With A Marketplace For Designers And Makers  —  It looks like Autodesk has taken one more step forward in its bid to compete more with the likes of Adobe in the business of providing tools to the design community, but also a bigger step into the maker movement.
Jay Hathaway / Gawker:
Dong Nguyen says Flappy Bird will return to the App Store, but not soon  —  Enjoy Your Life While You Can, Because Flappy Bird is Coming Back  —  The most addictive, dangerous new drug of 2014 is about to come back on the market.  Game developer Dong Nguyen has announced that his hit game Flappy Bird …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Alums Aaron Harris And Justin Kan Join As Partners  —  Startup accelerator Y Combinator just announced that it's added a couple of new partners, both of whom have been through the program.  Alums Justin Kan and Aaron Harris have joined to help mentor the startups that participate in the 12-week accelerator.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
10,000 Linux servers hit by malware serving tsunami of spam and exploits  —  Two-year-old Windigo may also have infected kernel.org Linux developers.  —  Researchers have documented an ongoing criminal operation infecting more than 10,000 Unix and Linux servers with malware that sends spam …
Bloomberg:
Japan Display Plunges 15% in Debut on Business Model Concerns  —  Japan Display Inc. plunged in its debut after the supplier of screens for Apple Inc. devices priced shares through an initial public offering at the bottom of a planned range.  —  The IPO raised 318.5 billion yen ($3.1 billion) with an offer price of 900 yen.
CNBC:
Apple CEO Tim Cook: New book on company is ‘nonsense’  —  Apple's course after Steve Jobs  —  Yukari Kane, author of “Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs,” discusses her book where she recounts the final years of Steve Jobs at Apple and focuses on the state of the company under its current CEO Tim Cook.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Lotame Acquires Mobile Ad Targeting Startup AdMobius  —  Data management platform Lotame just announced that it's acquiring startup AdMobius.  —  AdMobius was founded by three alums for Apple's iAd program and from Quattro Wireless, the company that Apple acquired to build iAd.

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