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March 20, 2014, 10:15 AM

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Mike Isaac / Re/code:
As Messaging Wars Escalate, Social App Tango Raises $280 Million  —  Social startup Tango announced Thursday that it had raised a massive $280 million Series D round of venture funding, the latest significant move among a handful of high-profile apps all vying to own the mobile messaging space.
Parmy Olson / Forbes:
Exclusive: Alibaba Sinks $215 Million Into Messaging App Tango, Valuing It At More Than $1 Billion  —  China's Alibaba is the latest Internet giant to make a bet on the messaging space, and it's a big one.  The company is spending $250 million for a minority stake in the messaging and free-calling app Tango, the startup revealed today.
eMarketer:
Driven by Facebook and Google, Mobile Ad Market Soars 105% in 2013  —  Mobile ad spending on pace to reach $31.45 billion this year  —  Last year, global mobile ad spending increased 105.0% to total $17.96 billion, according to new figures from eMarketer.  In 2014, mobile is on pace …
Stephanie M. Lee / The Technology Chronicles:
Augmedix raises $3.2 million to bring Google Glass into doctor's office  —  Augmedix, one of several start-ups developing ways to use Google Glass in health care, said Wednesday it has raised $3.2 million in venture capital funding.  —  The announcement comes on an especially busy …
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 …
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.
Martin Beck / Marketing Land:
Google Search Can Now Take Photos, Videos, On Your Android Phone  —  So you want to take a quick photo or video with your Android phone?  It just got a bit easier, at least for those who like to tell their phone what to do.  —  Google updated its Android Search app today …
Nathan Kirsch / Legit Reviews:
Intel Desktop Roadmap Update - Devil's Canyon, Broadwell, Haswell-E  —  Lisa Graff, Vice President and General Manager Desktop Client Platforms Group, gave a small group of journalists at the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco an update on the future of Intel's desktop and enthusiast platforms.
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
US won't give up NTIA's oversight of ICANN to any government-led alternative  —  NTIA: U.S. won't abandon its role in the internet until it's satisfied with the alternative  —  Strickling makes it clear that IANA contract won't be transitioned until it is happy with the alternative.
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
PlayStation 4 update to add rich video editor, 720p Twitch streaming, HDCP off option, and more  —  The Xbox One has already received a few firmware updates and it would seem the PlayStation 4 is about to follow suit.  —  Sony today detailed an upcoming patch for its new console …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Official: Court's sign-off for queries on Americans' data would be impractical  —  A senior government lawyer said Wednesday that the high volume of searches that the National Security Agency makes of a database that holds Americans' and foreigners' communications would make court approval for queries involving Americans impractical.
Joseph Marks / Nextgov:
White House Releases Climate Data Set, Challenges Developers to Use It  —  The Obama administration opened up a trove of climate change data on Wednesday as part of its larger drive to open up government data.  —  The data housed at Data.gov/climate will be contributed by NASA …

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