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March 25, 2014, 7:05 PM

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Facebook:
Facebook to acquire Oculus VR for approximately $2 billion  —  Facebook to Acquire Oculus  —  Acquisition positions Facebook to accelerate Oculus' growth in gaming, communications and new social experiences  —  Facebook today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Oculus VR …
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
Oculus will operate independently within Facebook, focusing first on gaming, and later becoming a new communication platform  —  I'm excited to announce that we've agreed to acquire Oculus VR, the leader in virtual reality technology.  —  Our mission is to make the world more open and connected.
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:
Jeffrey Meisner / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft makes source code for MS-DOS and Word for Windows available to public  —  The following post is from Roy Levin, distinguished engineer and managing director, Microsoft Research.  —  On Tuesday, we dusted off the source code for early versions of MS-DOS and Word for Windows.
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.
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 …
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Dorian Nakamoto's neighbor and second Bitcoin user Hal Finney denies helping to invent Bitcoin  —  Satoshi Nakamoto's Neighbor: The Bitcoin Ghostwriter Who Wasn't  —  Hal Finney's light brown eyes are pointed down.  —  I've just asked him if he was involved in the creation of Bitcoin.
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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.
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 …
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.”
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 …
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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