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March 25, 2014, 3:30 PM

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David Pierce / The Verge:
HTC One (M8) review: a gorgeous, fast, long-lasting phone with a weak, inconsistent camera  —  The new HTC One review  —  The best or nothing  —  My first car was a 1997 Saturn SL1, a tiny black box with headlights that were too close together and a 0-60 time in the neighborhood of three and a half hours.
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
HTC announces the new One with depth-sensing camera and larger screen  —  The “all new” HTC One has been one of the worst kept secrets of 2014, but today it's a secret no more.  The Taiwanese manufacturer has taken the wraps off its latest flagship and fans of last years model (count us among them) won't be disappointed.
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 …
Rob Wile / Business Insider:
IRS: Bitcoin Is Property [FULL RELEASE]  —  The IRS has ruled Bitcoin should be treated as property, not as currency, for tax purposes.  —  The agency says anyone who holds the currency will have to calculate its value from the date it was received to determine whether a gain or loss was realized, and report the result.
Bloomberg:
Bitcoin Is Property Not Currency in Tax System, IRS Says  —  The U.S. government will treat Bitcoin as property for tax purposes, applying rules it uses to govern stocks and barter transactions, the Internal Revenue Service said in its first substantive ruling on the issue.
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Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Apple Testing Related Search Suggestions On The App Store  —  As first noted by developer Olga Osadcha, Apple is testing a related search suggestion feature on the App Store, which started rolling out earlier today for iPhone users on iOS 7.  —  The new menu, a scrollable bar with suggestions …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Announces Massive Price Drops For Its Cloud Computing Services And Storage, Introduces Sustained-Use Discounts  —  At its Cloud Platform event in San Francisco today, Google announced a number of massive price drops for virtually all of its cloud-computing services.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Sony won't use Android Wear, will stick with Smartwatch  —  The head of Sony Mobile's US arm also tells CNET that sales of its Xperia Z1s has exceeded expectations at T-Mobile.  —  Sony's SmartWatch 2.  —  Sarah Tew/CNET  —  ATLANTA—Sony will continue to strike its own path when it comes to its wearable products.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nvidia unveils next-generation graphics processor with 3D memory  —  Above: Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang with a Pascal chip  —  Nvidia chief executive Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled his company's latest graphics-processor architecture, code-named Pascal, that will put a “supercomputer in the space of two credit cards.”
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Spotify Pitches College Kids: Half Off Subscriptions While You're in School  —  Streaming music services are getting more popular.  How much more popular would they be if they were cheaper?  —  Spotify will start finding out today.  The subscription music company is cutting the price …
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
E-book price fixing settlements land in Amazon customers' inboxes  —  There may be still more money to come from other e-book retailers.  —  As of Tuesday morning, Amazon has begun issuing account credits to Kindle book buyers as a result of legal settlements with book publishers including Harper Collins …
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Instagram Testing Facebook Places Integration To Replace Foursquare  —  Popular photo-sharing app Instagram is testing integration with Facebook Places, Facebook's venue database.  Facebook, of course, owns Instagram.  The experiment signals that Instagram may eventually wean itself off …
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Cathy Edwards, Co-Founder Of Chomp, Is Leaving Apple On April 11  —  A notable personnel departure is coming up in Cupertino: Cathy Edwards, the co-founder and CTO of app search and discovery platform Chomp, is leaving Apple on April 11, TechCrunch has learned.
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Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google is reportedly building new Android business features: APIs, enterprise apps, data encryption, and more  —  As part of Google's development of the next Android version, the company is working on developing business-specific features to take on leader BlackBerry as well as newcomers Apple and Samsung.
John McDuling / Quartz:
Survey shows people who quit Twitter want more filtering and sorting of relevant content  —  Why people quit Twitter  —  In short, it comes down to not knowing who to follow and not having enough followers.  —  On Wall Street and in Silicon Valley, people are increasingly concerned …
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Evelyn M. Rusli / Wall Street Journal:
Big-Data Startup RelateIQ Raises Another $40 Million  —  Big data continues wooing big money.  —  RelateIQ Inc., a relationship management software startup, has raised $40 million in fresh capital at a valuation of $245 million.  The round, led by Redpoint Ventures also includes several new investors …

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