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March 24, 2014, 5:50 PM

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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Apple's iTunes Radio Adds NPR News Channel  —  When iTunes Radio launched last fall, the service was designed for music fans (and music labels).  Now it is branching out: National Public Radio is adding the first news channel to Apple's audio streaming service, with more on the way.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft to rebrand ‘Windows Azure’ as ‘Microsoft Azure’  —  Summary: Microsoft will rebrand its cloud platform from ‘Windows Azure’ to ‘Microsoft Azure’ as part of the company's push to emphasize its cross-platform services prowess.  —  Microsoft will announce its rebranding of its …
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Box Files For $250M IPO On Full-Year Revenue Of $124M, Net Loss Of $168M  —  The Box S-1 is out at last.  The cloud storage company is looking to raise up $250 million in the flotation.  That sum is less than its competitor Dropbox recently raised from the private markets.
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Google's new Photowall app turns your Chromecast-connected TV into an interactive photo frame  —  Adding to the capabilities of the Chromecast HDMI streaming stick, Google is out with a new app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users called Photowall that lets you turn your Chromecast-connected TV into a live, interactive photo frame.
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Cisco to invest $1B in new “Cisco Cloud Services” effort aimed at large corporate customers  —  Cisco Joins Race to Offer Cloud Services  —  Firm to Spend $1 billion in Next Two Years to Enter Market  —  Cisco Systems Inc. plans to begin offering “cloud” …
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 …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Popcorn Time is doing for distribution of pirated movies what the movie industry needs to do for itself  —  The Sweet Irony Of Popcorn Time  —  So the big fun story of last week was this streaming movie app called Popcorn Time.  Essentially, it aggregated torrent links and packaged …
More: Forbes
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google Now arrives in Chrome for Windows and Mac  —  Google Now has finally arrived on the desktop.  Google today announced Google Now is being pushed to the Chrome stable channel for Windows and Mac “starting today and rolling out over the next few weeks.”
Wall Street Journal:
Pinterest preparing for Q2 launch of paid promoted pins with select marketers  —  Pinterest makes play for advertising sales with artful ‘promoted pins’  —  Digital scrapbooking site Pinterest is preparing to launch ad sales in the second quarter with a bold pitch.
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Mozilla Appoints JavaScript Creator Brendan Eich As Its New CEO  —  Last April, Mozilla announced that Gary Kovacs was stepping down as the organization's CEO and that it would start looking for a replacement.  At the time, Jay Sullivan took over as acting CEO in the midst of a number of leadership changes at Mozilla.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Dell acquires StatSoft, adds analytics to software stack  —  Summary: StatSoft's flagship software is Statistica Enterprise, which filters and analyzes data from multiple repositories.  —  Dell on Monday said it acquired StatSoft, a company that specializes in analytics and data visualization software.
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
ATM operators eye Linux as alternative to Windows XP  —  End support for XP is prompting them to seek out Windows alternatives  —  Some financial services companies are looking to migrate their ATM fleets from Windows to Linux in a bid to have better control over hardware and software upgrade cycles.
More: Inquirer and ZDNet
Ronald Grover / Reuters:
Exclusive: Disney to buy YouTube network Maker Studios for $500 million  —  (Reuters) - The Walt Disney Co has agreed to buy Maker Studios for $500 million, becoming a major online video distributor through the purchase of one of YouTube's largest networks, according to a person familiar with the deal.
Bloomberg:
Facebook's Sandberg Says Declined to Limit Google Hiring  —  Facebook Inc. Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said she declined in 2008 to limit the recruitment or hiring of Google Inc. employees after being contacted by two senior officials at the search engine company.
More: CNBC

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