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March 20, 2014, 7:00 PM

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Reed Hastings / Netflix US & Canada Blog:
Internet Tolls And The Case For Strong Net Neutrality  —  The Internet is improving lives everywhere - democratizing access to ideas, services and goods.  To ensure the Internet remains humanity's most important platform for progress, net neutrality must be defended and strengthened.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Netflix Says It Really Didn't Want to Cut That Traffic Deal With Comcast  —  Remember last month, when Netflix and Comcast signed a deal to guarantee fast delivery of the video service's streams to the cable company's customers?  —  That's exactly the kind of deal Netflix shouldn't have to sign, says Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.
Wall Street Journal:
Airbnb is in advanced talks to raise funds that would value it at more than $10 billion.  —  Airbnb Inc. is in advanced talks to raise funds that would value the online home-rental marketplace at more than $10 billion and place it among the world's most valuable startups, according to several people familiar with the process.
Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
China Mobile Added About 1 Million New iPhone Users in February  —  HONG KONG— China Mobile Ltd added about one million new iPhone users last month after it started offering the popular smartphone in mid-January, Chief Executive Li Yue said Thursday.  —  The comment came hours …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Gmail now always uses an HTTPS connection and encrypts all messages moving internally on Google's servers  —  Google today announced it has made security improvements to Gmail to further protect users' emails from snooping.  Gmail now always uses an encrypted HTTPS connection when you check or send email …
Vindu Goel / New York Times:
Twitter's new video hosting platform lets mobile users play clips with a single tap  —  Twitter Rolls Out Easier, Faster Video Playback  —  Over the past year, Twitter has worked closely with television networks and other professional video creators to upload and promote thousands …
Cade Metz / Wired:
Facebook migrates to, open-sources Hack, a language resembling PHP with gradual typing  —  Facebook Introduces ‘Hack,’ the Programming Language Of the Future  —  Facebook engineers Bryan O'Sullivan, Julien Verlaguet, and Alok Menghrajani spent the last few years building a programming language unlike any other.
Katherine Rosman / Wall Street Journal:
Fitbit Now Faces a Class-Action Suit in Rash Fallout  —  A month after Fitbit issued a recall of its fitness-tracking bracelet following complaints of blisters and rashes, the startup now faces its first lawsuit.  —  The suit, filed on Monday in the Superior Court of California in the County of San Diego …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Seagate CEO Luczo departs from the Microsoft board  —  Summary: Musical chairs among Microsoft's board members continues, with Seagate's CEO departing the board.  —  The Microsoft board musical chairs are continuing, with Seagate Chairman and CEO Stephen Luczo announcing on March 20 …
PC World:
Microsoft's DirectX 12 to boost gaming on PCs, mobile devices  —  San Francisco—Meet the next generation of gaming graphics.  DirectX 12 is faster, lighter-weight, and more predictable said Anuj Gosalia, Development Manager for Graphics at Microsoft, at the Game Developers Conference on Thursday …
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Ad platform Rubicon Project sets $108M IPO  —  Advertising platform Rubicon Project has announced terms for an initial public offering today that will have the company seeking to raise $108 million.  —  Rubicon Project operates an automated digital ad exchange that allows you to both buy and sell ads.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Mobile Workforce Startup Gigwalk Pivots, Raises $10M From Nokia And Others  —  Exclusive: Gigwalk, a mobile app that allows consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies to enable a mobile workforce, has raised $10 million from Nokia Growth Partners (NGP), new investor Randstad Holding NV …

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