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March 21, 2014, 11:30 PM

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Ed Christman / Billboard:
Apple explores Spotify-like streaming service, iTunes app for Android as downloads decline  —  Apple Mulls Launching Spotify Rival, Android App as Downloads Decline (Sources)  —  The iPhone maker explores multi-pronged strategy to shore up double-digit drops in iTunes downloads, according to IFPI and RIAA data.
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” …
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.
Jim Cicconi / AT&T Public Policy Blog:
AT&T: costs caused by Netflix's growth should not be borne by all broadband subscribers  —  Who Should Pay for Netflix?  —  I saw Reed Hasting's blog yesterday from Netflix asserting in rather dramatic fashion (with diagrams) that ISPs should build facilities (he said provide …
Dan Rayburn / StreamingMediaBlog.com:
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter experimenting with showing how many people saw your tweets  —  How many people saw your last tweet?  A new Twitter experiment is answering that question for some users, adding the number of views a tweet has received underneath every post.  Twitter's advertising products …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Twitter pulling Music app from App Store today, will shutdown service April 18th  —  Twitter's Music app is dead, final shutdown scheduled for April 18th  —  It's been months since reports suggested Twitter would shut down its Music app, but now it's actually happening.
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 …

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