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March 21, 2014, 5:15 PM

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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.
Alex Hern / Guardian:
Yahoo, Google and Apple also claim right to read user emails  —  Like Microsoft, other webmail giants all reserve the right to read user emails, if ‘deemed necessary’  —  Microsoft is not unique in claiming the right to read users' emails - Apple, Yahoo and Google all reserve that right as well, the Guardian has determined.
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
About That Time Google Spied On My Gmail  —  I'm reading about how Microsoft read a blogger's Hotmail (or other Microsoft hosted email) to determine who leaked Microsoft information to that blogger.  Microsoft's response is pathetic, stating that “the privacy of our customers is incredibly important to us” …
Reed Albergotti / Wall Street Journal:
Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, and Ashton Kutcher join $40M investment round of AI firm Vicarious  —  Zuckerberg, Musk Invest in Artificial-Intelligence Company Vicarious  —  Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook.  Ashton Kutcher portrayed Apple founder Steve Jobs in a movie.
Mike Isaac / Re/code:
Twitter's Sara Haider to join Secret as Android lead, VP of Analytics plans departure as well  —  More Departures at Twitter as VP of Analytics Exits, Android Lead Leaves for Secret  —  Looks like plenty more birds are flying Twitter's coop.  —  Sara Haider, a mobile engineer and technical lead …
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 …
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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
After Acquisition, OpenTable Plans To Shut Down Ness On April 21  —  Ness, the personalized restaurant recommendation app acquired by OpenTable last month, now has an expiration date.  The company announced that the app would be discontinued on April 21, just a few months after the acquisition first was announced.
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
NSA revelations costing companies billions in lost deals and new investment for circumvention  —  Fallout From Snowden Hurting Bottom Line of Tech Companies  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft has lost customers, including the government of Brazil.  —  IBM is spending more than a billion dollars …
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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.
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 …

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