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March 19, 2014, 4:00 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 …
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
Huawei backtracks, won't release a dual-OS Android, Windows Phone smartphone  —  Huawei said it has no plans to release a dual-OS smartphone running Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone and Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android, contradicting earlier statements from a Huawei executive.
Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4 now available by subscription for $19, headed to OS X and more  —  Unreal Engine 3 set the standard for games last generation, powering breakout franchises like Gears of War and Mass Effect.  We don't know if Unreal Engine 4 will have the same impact …
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 …
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 …
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
In-depth with Android Wear, Google's quantum leap of a smartwatch OS  —  We take a look at how Android Wear works, and even manage to break some stuff.  —  Yesterday, Google announced Android Wear, its wearable device platform for smartwatches.  Android Wear is a shrunken-down …
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.
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.
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Judge rebukes Feds for overbroad search warrant applications for e-mail  —  In a rare public rebuke of American prosecutors' request on accessing a person's e-mail, a federal magistrate judge in the District of Columbia has denied a government warrant request to search an unnamed user's @mac …
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Turntable.fm shuts down for good as founder launches new social app  —  Billy Chasen explains why the current music industry is killing digital startups and stifling innovation  —  When Turntable.fm took off during the summer of 2011, adding 140,000 users in its first month …
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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.
Anthony Boadle / Reuters:
Brazil will not force Internet companies to store data on Brazilian users inside the country  —  Brazil to drop local data storage rule in Internet bill  —  (Reuters) - Brazil will drop a controversial provision that would have forced global Internet companies to store data on Brazilian users inside …
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