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March 24, 2014, 7:35 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Apple in Talks with Comcast About Streaming-TV Service  —  Companies Discuss Service That Would Try to Bypass Web Congestion  —  Apple Inc. is in talks with Comcast Corp. about teaming up for a streaming-television service that would use an Apple set-top box and get special treatment …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft's $7.2B Nokia deal is officially delayed until April  —  Nokia and Microsoft will have to wait a little longer to press the Start button.  —  Microsoft's $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia's devices and services business, originally expected to close this quarter …
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
The Brutal Ageism of Tech  —  Years of experience, plenty of talent, completely obsolete — “I have more botox in me than any ten people,” Dr. Seth Matarasso told me in an exam room this February.  He is a reality-show producer's idea of a cosmetic surgeon—his demeanor brash, his bone structure preposterous.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Nilay Patel, No Longer Managing Editor of The Verge, Moves to Vox.com  —  Nilay Patel, the well-known and highly regarded managing editor of The Verge, which he founded with editor-in-chief Josh Topolsky, has left that high-profile job, according to several sources.
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Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Sound familiar?  Bitcoin exchange Vircurex freezes customer accounts as it battles insolvency  —  The implosion of Mt. Gox has been widely heralded as a sign of a new era of Bitcoin companies, but there are still examples of the unpredictable and shady side of the cryptocurrency world, as developments at Vircurex demonstrate.
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Change In UK Tax Law Could Raise The Price Of Music And Apps In The Country  —  A change in UK tax law that may take force at the start of 2015 would push the price of apps, music and other downloads and “e-services” higher in the United Kingdom.  —  The legal shift would see downloads …
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
AOL brings its video-on-demand platform, AOL On, to the UK  —  AOL has launched its on-demand video platform, AOL ON, for UK audiences.  —  In a nutshell, ‘On’ brings all the company's premium video content together under one digital roof, and features a mix of curated and original content.

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Microsoft:
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