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March 24, 2014, 11:05 PM

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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.
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.
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.
Zeljka Zorz / Help Net Security:
10,000 GitHub users inadvertently reveal their AWS secret access keys  —  GitHub developers who are also Amazon Web Services users are advised to check the code they made public on their project pages and to delete secret access keys for their AWS account they may have posted inadvertently.
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
Bill Would Remove Phone Database From NSA  —  Agency No Longer Would Store Records but Request Them From Phone Firms  —  WASHINGTON—Leaders of the House Intelligence Committee are set to unveil Tuesday a proposal overhauling the National Security Agency's phone-records program by requiring searches …
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Seattle-area taxi association sues Uber for ‘unlawful and deceptive business practice’  —  The Western Washington Taxi Cab Operators Association is suing Uber, the app-based transportation company, for operating illegally in Seattle and King County.  The lawsuit, filed in King County Superior Court …
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.
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 …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Malicious apps can hose Android phones, erase data, researchers warn  —  Security researchers said they have uncovered bugs in Google's Android operating system that could allow malicious apps to send vulnerable devices into a spiral of endlessly looping crashes and possibly delete all data stored on them.
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.
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Google Deal With Luxottica Will Bring Glass to Ray-Ban, Oakley  —  Google Inc. has won a powerful ally in its fight to make Google Glass cool.  —  Italian eyewear maker Luxottica Group SpA, owner of the Ray-Ban and Oakley sunglass brands, said Monday it had agreed to design …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Justice Department lands first ever convictions against mobile app pirates  —  Two men accused of operating a popular Android piracy website have pleaded guilty to charges filed by the Department of Justice.  It's the first time the US government has secured convictions for the distribution of counterfeit smartphone apps.
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.
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.

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