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March 26, 2014, 12:15 PM

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Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
Will Facebook ruin Oculus?  Kickstarter backers voice concerns  —  “We promise we won't change,” Oculus founder tells donors  —  Once upon a time, the Oculus Rift headset was a prototype with a blurry screen bound with gaffer's tape.  But 9,522 people saw the device's potential …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
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Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Ahead of Samsung patent case, Apple engineer recalls the marathon to create the iPhone  —  Jobs gave the engineer an ultimatum: Lay out a vision for the iPhone fast or lose the job  —  In February 2005, Apple Inc. 's then chief executive, Steve Jobs, gave senior software engineer Greg Christie an ultimatum.
Vijaya Gadde / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter files petitions for lawsuits in Turkish courts to challenge ban  —  Challenging the access ban in Turkey  —  It's now been six days since the Turkish government blocked access to Twitter.  Throughout this time, we've been engaged in discussion with Turkish authorities to hear their concerns …
Derek Kessler / iMore:
Apple hires BlackBerry's top software VP, BlackBerry wins court battle over departure  —  Sebastien Marineau-Mes, BlackBerry's SVP of Software, is leaving the ailing smartphone manufacturer for brighter and warmer pastures: Apple.  Or at least that's what he's trying to do, if it weren't for those pesky contracts.
Joey Parker / MTV Act:
Apple plans to add more diversity to Emoji character set  —  What Does Apple Think About The Lack Of Diversity In Emojis?  We Have Their Response.  —  When you browse through the emojis on your phone, there are very few non-Caucasian ones to choose from.  I mean, they have a water buffalo but no representation of people of color?
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch's Picks: The Top 8 Startups From Y Combinator W14 Demo Day  —  While today saw Paul Graham physically pass the reins to new Y Combinator president Sam Altman, the bigger buzz at Demo Day was about how most investors thought this was the best YC class yet.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google Takedown Notices Surge 711,887 Percent in Four Years  —  Signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1998, the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) aimed to ready copyright law for the digital age.  —  The law heightened punishment for copyright infringement over the Internet and criminalized circumvention of DRM.
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Instagram Blog:
Instagram now has 200M active monthly users, 20B total photos shared  —  Instagram Today: 200 Million Strong  —  Today, we're excited to share that the Instagram community has grown to more than 200 million Instagrammers capturing and sharing their lives every month.

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Microsoft:
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VMware:
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Zoho:
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Pure Storage:
2014: Pure, EMC, HP, and Violin all Up Their Games  —  The past few months have seen bold announcements from EMC, HP, Violin, and of course Pure Storage, the net result of which is that the market has changed and moved forward appreciably.
 

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