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March 20, 2014, 9:05 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.
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 …
Andrea Peterson / The Switch:
Microsoft scanned blogger's Hotmail account to find source of Windows 8 leak, cites TOS  —  Court docs: Microsoft searched through blogger's e-mail to track down alleged leaker  —  Earlier this week, an ex-Microsoft employee was charged with the theft of trade secrets in the U.S. District Court …
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 …
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 …
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.
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Pinterest Seeks 7-Figure Spend Commitments from Advertisers  —  Company Has Raised $564M And Has No Revenue Yet  —  Example of a test promoted pin on Pinterest  —  How Advertising Performs in a Social Media World  —  Pinterest hasn't brought its ads to market yet, but it's swinging …
Hayden Dingman / 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 …
Chris Taylor / Mashable:
Twitter Blocked in Turkey as Prime Minister Pledges to ‘Eradicate’ it  —  There's electioneering, and then there's what Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoan said Thursday on the campaign trail.  “We will eradicate Twitter,” Erdoan told a rally in Bursa in the west of the country.
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 …
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 …

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