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March 21, 2014, 11:00 AM

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John Frank / Microsoft on the Issues:
Microsoft says Hotmail case met standard for a court order, adds new safeguards to policy  —  Strengthening our policies for investigations  —  Deputy General Counsel & Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft  —  We believe that Outlook and Hotmail email are and should be private.
Andrea Peterson / The Switch:
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 …
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:
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Bitcoin software gets fix for weakness that helped bring down Mt. Gox  —  The software driving Bitcoin transactions on the Internet has been updated to fix a weakness that contributed to the downfall of Mt. Gox, once one of the biggest exchanges for the digital currency.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Pocket's prototype for Android Wear saves articles right from your wrist  —  Googled unveiled Android Wear this week and encouraged developers to build apps purpose-built for the wrist.  Pocket is among the first companies to rise to the challenge, showing off a prototype version …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Firefox 29 beta arrives with new Sync tool, customization mode, and Mozilla's user interface overhaul Australis  —  Following the release of Firefox 28 just two days ago, Mozilla today updated its Firefox Beta channel to version 29 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android.
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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 …
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.

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