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March 25, 2014, 9:55 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.
Matt Rosoff / CITEworld:
Box files IPO: Big losses mask bigger ambitions  —  Cloud storage and collaboration platform provider Box published its long-awaited IPO filing [1] this afternoon, and the main revelation is how much cash it's burning.  —  Box's cash burn has long been part of Silicon Valley gossip …
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.
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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Derrick Harris / Gigaom:
Hortonworks raises $100M to scale its Hadoop business  —  Hadoop vendor Hortonworks has raised $100 million in a new round of venture capital led by BlackRock and Passport Capital.  The company's existing investors — Dragoneer, Tenaya Capital, Benchmark, Index Ventures and Yahoo — also participated in the latest round.
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Adam Greenberg / SC Magazine:
Attackers get cash out of ATMs by sending SMS messages  —  Criminals are using SMS messages to get cash out of ATMs, according to Symantec.  —  The crooks begin by loading ATM malware into the cash machine.  In the Monday post, Symantec used Ploutus, a piece of malware observed circulating Mexico …
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Coursera Brings In Longtime Yale President Rick Levin as CEO  —  Coursera, the massive-open-online-course provider with the most funding and the most students in the space, is shaking up its leadership.  —  The company has named Rick Levin, formerly president of Yale University for two decades, as CEO.
Alex Dobie / Android Central:
HTC app listing outs Google Play edition HTC One (M8)  —  Official app description reveals stock Android version of unannounced flagship  —  With many HTC Sense 6 apps now appearing on Google Play, further details of the HTC One (M8) features are starting to leak out through HTC's own app listings.
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.
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.  This marks the first time the DOJ has secured convictions for the distribution of counterfeit mobile apps.
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.

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