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March 25, 2014, 4:15 AM

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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Obama to Call for End to N.S.A.'s Bulk Data Collection  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is preparing to unveil a legislative proposal for a far-reaching overhaul of the National Security Agency's once-secret bulk phone records program in a way that — if approved by Congress …
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.
Aloysius Low / CNET:
Hugo Barra on Xiaomi culture, commitment to Android, and plans to enter the Indian market  —  Xiaomi's Hugo Barra: True world phones in 2 years, Android all the way  —  The Xiaomi global vice president, and former Google VP, sits down for a chat with CNET in Beijing to talk …
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Re/code:
Mobile apps eclipse file-sharing services, digital lockers as most widely used source for pirated music  —  Music Piracy Goes Mobile  —  The music industry faces a new front in its long-running battle against piracy: The smartphone.  —  Mobile applications have eclipsed file-sharing services …
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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.
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.
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 …
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.”
Ellen Huet / San Francisco Chronicle:
How tech, an object of protest in 1999 San Francisco, reemerged as a convenient target in 2014  —  How tech became the enemy - then and now  —  The flyer tucked on the windshield of a tech worker's car on South Van Ness didn't mince words: “The Mission has been colonized by pigs with money. ...
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.
Gyles Beckford / Reuters:
Dotcom's Mega to use New Zealand shell for $179 mln listing  —  (Reuters) - The New Zealand based cloud storage company Mega Ltd, founded by Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, plans a NZ$210 million ($179.4 million) listing on the local stock exchange through a reverse takeover of a local investment shell company.
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 …

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