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March 25, 2014, 2:45 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.
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
The new HTC One is available in Google Play and Developer editions  —  Do you lust after the machined aluminum body of the new HTC One but hate locked bootloaders?  Would you rather vanilla Android instead of Sense?  Well, good news it'll be available in both a Developer and Google Play edition.
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 …
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.
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 …
Rob Wile / Business Insider:
IRS: Bitcoin Is Property [FULL RELEASE]  —  The IRS has ruled Bitcoin should be treated as property for federal tax purposes.  —  The agency writes, among other things:  — A taxpayer who receives virtual currency as payment for goods or services must, in computing gross income …
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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Serena Saitto / Bloomberg:
Waze co-founder Uri Levine, declining to join Google, launches finance-planning startup FeeX  —  Waze Co-Founder Skips Google to Try Startup World Again  —  Uri Levine still has the entrepreneurial bug.  After selling map-software provider Waze to Google for $1.1 billion last June …
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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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Rumr, Group Messaging With An Anonymous Twist, Launches On iOS And Android  —  Say hey to rumr, a new messaging app that's vying to draw your attention away from all the other ways to say hey already in play.  —  Rumr has been in the works for around half a year, raising an $800,000 seed back in October …

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