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March 21, 2014, 9:15 AM

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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.
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Turkish citizens use Google public DNS to circumvent Twitter ban  —  Turkish citizens use Google to fight Twitter ban  —  Turkish citizens have found away to circumvent yesterday's reported block of Twitter: Google DNS.  —  After being implicated in a corruption scandal through recordings …
Chris Taylor / Mashable:
The Intercept:
Inside the NSA's Secret Efforts to Hunt and Hack System Administrators  —  A secret document reveals how the NSA tracks down system administrators for surveillance.  Illustration: Josh Begley.  —  Across the world, people who work as system administrators keep computer networks in order …
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 …
Sophie Knight / Reuters:
Mt. Gox says it found 200,000 bitcoins in ‘forgotten’ wallet  —  (Reuters) - Mt. Gox said on Friday it found 200,000 “forgotten” bitcoins on March 7, a week after the Tokyo-based digital currency exchange filed for bankruptcy protection saying it had lost about $500 million worth of bitcoin, nearly all its holdings.
Tony Romm / Politico:
Barack Obama to meet again with tech CEOs about NSA  —  President Barack Obama will huddle with “tech CEOs” on Friday to “continue his dialogue with them on the issues of privacy, technology, and intelligence,” according to a White House official.  —  The Obama administration declined …
More: CNET and TheHillTweets: @stefanjbecket and @tonyromm
Will Connors / Wall Street Journal:
BlackBerry Suffers Blow as White House Tests Samsung, LG Phones  —  The White House is testing smartphones from Samsung Electronics Corp. and LG Electronics Inc. for internal use, a person familiar with the matter said, threatening one of the last and most high-profile strongholds of BlackBerry Ltd.
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 …
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
Pebble sold 400,000 smartwatches last year, on track to double revenues in 2014  —  CEO Eric Migicovsky walks Fortune through the smartwatch maker's successful first year.  —  FORTUNE - If Pebble is the smartwatch category's David, surely Google is its Goliath.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Sprint lays off 330 techs, shutters 55 stores as part of broader cuts  —  Sprint recently cut a significant chunk of its staff dedicated to repairing and refurbishing phones and shut down its slower-performing stores, part of a broader effort to reduce the company's costs in the face of continued financial struggles.
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 …
Ben Woods / The Next Web:
Layar now wants to augment your reality with its Google Glass app  —  Augmented reality and wearable technology go hand-in-hand, so it's with not too much surprise that we've just learnt that Layar's augmented reality app is now available to download for Google Glass.
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 …
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
NSA Director Says Agency Wants to Release Transparency Reports of Its Own  —  NSA Deputy Director Rick Ledgett called former contractor Edward Snowden's release of documents about his agency's surveillance programs “inappropriate” and “arrogant” in a video interview from Fort Meade, Md. …

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