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March 21, 2014, 5:25 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.
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 …
Daily Dot:
Hacked emails show what Microsoft charges the FBI for user data  —  Microsoft often charges the FBI's most secretive division hundreds of thousands of dollars a month to legally view customer information, according to documents allegedly hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army.
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
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 …
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.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Marissa Mayer meets with Satya Nadella, still wants out of Microsoft/Yahoo search pact  —  Field of Search Dreams: If Marissa Mayer Builds It, Will Microsoft Let Yahoo Leave?  —  Just after he was named CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella got a visit from Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Sony to offer original programming on PlayStation Network, its first show “Powers” for US only  —  Sony to Add Original TV Shows for PlayStation  —  Move Is Part of Effort to Broaden Console's Appeal Beyond Videogames  —  Sony Corp. is venturing into original TV programming …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Paypal's in-app ‘Pay at Table’ and ‘Order Ahead’ now available in UK and Australia  —  PayPal Expands Its In-App Pay At Table And Order Ahead Services In UK  —  It's still very early days for mobile payments, with the vast majority of consumers still not convinced …
More: Hospitality and The Next WebTweets: @ingridlunden
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Comcast obeyed over 24,000 government data requests last year  —  First transparency report details total compliances, not requests  —  Following in the footsteps of tech companies and wireless carriers, Comcast issued its first transparency report today, detailing for how many customer …

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