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March 21, 2014, 3:05 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.
Andrea Peterson / The Switch:
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:
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 Android Lead Leaves for Secret  —  Looks like plenty more birds are flying Twitter's coop.  —  Sara Haider, a mobile engineer and technical lead at Twitter …
More: Business InsiderTweets: @mikeisaac
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.
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.
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 …
Dan Rayburn / StreamingMediaBlog.com:
Netflix & Level 3 Only Telling Half The Story, Won't Detail What Changes They Want To Net Neutrality  —  Late yesterday, Netflix's CEO published a blog post making the argument that “stronger” net neutrality is needed and that Netflix will “fight for the Internet”.
More: Quartz, Gigaom and VoIP WatchThanks:@danrayburn
Reed Hastings / Netflix US & Canada Blog:
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
LinkedIn plans major Pulse update for Q3, will use your professional info to personalize news  —  LinkedIn Said to Plan Data Personalization of Pulse App  —  LinkedIn Corp. (LNKD) is updating its Pulse news-reader application to serve content based on users' professional data …
More: App AdviceThanks:@sarahfrier
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 …
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.
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.
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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