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March 25, 2014, 7:55 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.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Facebook's $2B Oculus Deal Happened Over The Last Five Days  —  Facebook's deal to buy Oculus VR for $2 billion happened relatively quickly and the negotiations were hammered out over the last five days, according to sources familiar with the deal.  —  Mark Zuckerberg had been by Oculus' offices …
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:
The IRS Just Decided Bitcoin Is Property And Will Tax You For Mining It At Home  —  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 …
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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Matt Jarzemsky / Wall Street Journal:
‘Candy Crush’ Maker Prices IPO at $22.50  —  Unlike Facebook and Twitter, Videogame Maker Hasn't Raised IPO Size  —  With the shares of videogame maker King Digital Entertainment PLC set to begin trading Wednesday, the central question facing investors is whether the company can pull off another blockbuster like “Candy Crush Saga.”
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.”

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Intel:
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