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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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Royal Caribbean International hits the high seas with Microsoft tech  —  Cruise line equips 40,000 crew members with Windows 8.1 tablets, in part to use Skype, OneDrive and more to keep in closer touch with family members and friends while away from home.
Intel:
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