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March 19, 2014, 9:50 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!
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 …
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.
Chris Velazco / Engadget:
Quirky and GE cook up a smarter, prettier air conditioner  —  Quirky is more than just bendy power strips these days — recently, it's been pushing its vision of the connected home thanks to a multi-million dollar partnership with GE.  So far their deal has yielded stuff like intelligent egg trays …
Levi Pulkkinen / Seattle PI:
Ex-Microsoft employee charged with passing journalist trade secrets  —  Prosecutors: Angry worker sent blogger Windows 8 code, internal documents  —  Workers removing the products from the stage after the Microsoft Windows 8 and Surface event in New York, Oct. 25, 2012.
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 …
Caitlin Dewey / Washington Post:
Meet Cloak, the ‘antisocial’ network that helps you avoid people  —  We have myriad tech-enabled ways to encounter friends (and strangers!) in real life.  We can check in on Foursquare.  Tag a location on Instagram.  Swipe on Tinder.  Tweet, from just about anywhere.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Want More Privacy In Your App?  Wickr Resells Its Encryption, Self-Destructing Tech To Other Apps  —  Wickr, one of the wave of messaging apps built on the idea of private, encrypted and self-destructing data, has vowed never to make money off its users — with its app remaining free …
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 …
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 …
Christian Nutt / Gamasutra:
Facebook sends 735 million referrals to games every day  —  Today at GDC, Facebook revealed new statistics around its user base that show that developers who create games for both mobile — using Facebook to drive community engagement — and also deploy them to their website see significant lift in engagement and revenue.
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior Joins Box's Board  —  Box, the enterprise-focused cloud storage and platform company, named Cisco Systems' CTO and chief strategy officer Padmasree Warrior to its board of directors, taking another step toward an IPO that's expected before the summer.
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
US VCs invested $848M in consumer electronics hardware startups in 2013, up from $442M in 2012  —  Venture Money Flows Into Hardware Startups  —  From Jawbone to Roku, U.S. Investors Pump $848 Million Into Consumer-Electronics Makers  —  A hardware startup is still hard, but it is getting a little easier.
Dennis Fisher / Threatpost:
Full Disclosure Security Mailing List Shuts Down  —  The Full Disclosure security mailing list, which has been one of the main discussion forums for vulnerability and exploit information for 12 years, is shutting down because “'one of our own' would undermine the efforts of the last 12 years”, one of the creators said.

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