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March 19, 2014, 2:45 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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
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 …
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Google Won't Face Group E-Mail Privacy Lawsuit: Judge  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) won a major victory in its fight against claims it illegally scanned private e-mail messages to and from Gmail accounts, defeating a bid to unify lawsuits in a single group case on behalf of hundreds of millions of Internet users.
Rachel King / ZDNet:
Icahn's latest tip: eBay should sell 20 percent of PayPal via IPO  —  Summary: The American business magnate published yet another open letter to eBay shareholders on Wednesday.  —  Carl Icahn won't give up on nagging eBay over selling PayPal (among many other things) …
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 …
Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal:
Platfora Raises $38M to Make Big Data Accessible to Businesses  —  One of the biggest drivers of the recent Big Data movement is Hadoop, the open source software named after a toy elephant and the target of hundreds of millions of dollars in funding.  —  Data analytics and tools companies …
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 …
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.

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