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March 26, 2014, 2:55 PM

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Fred Wilson / AVC:
With acquisitions like Oculus and Nest, big tech companies race to find the next platform after mobile  —  The Search For The Next Platform  —  I found this part of Mark Zuckerberg's post on the Oculus acquisition most revealing: … Facebook was a bit slow to get aboard the mobile train.
Palmer Luckey / Oculus VR:
Oculus founder: joining Facebook is “the clear and obvious path to delivering virtual reality to everyone”  —  The Future of Virtual Reality  —  I've always loved games.  They're windows into worlds that let us travel somewhere fantastic.  My foray into virtual reality …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
In Google's Shadow, Facebook's Zuckerberg Pursued Oculus Over Several Months, Ending in Weekend Marathon of Dealmaking  —  According to sources close to the situation, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg started his quest to buy Oculus VR, the maker of the nifty Rift virtual reality headset …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
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.
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.
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 …
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?
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Dish's Ergen Said to Approach DirecTV CEO White About Merger  —  Dish Network Corp. Chairman Charlie Ergen recently contacted DirecTV Chief Executive Officer Mike White to discuss a merger of the two satellite television companies, according to several people with knowledge of the matter.
TechCrunch:
TubeMogul Files For $75M IPO, With $57M In Revenue And A $7M Net Loss For 2013  —  Video ad platform TubeMogul has filed its S-1, declaring its plans to go public with an offering of up to $75 million.  And it's doing so with what appears to be pretty healthy gross margins, though with an overall net loss.
Hassan Hosseini / RightScale Blog:
Google Slashes Cloud Prices: Google vs AWS Price Comparison  —  Today Google threw down the gauntlet to challenge AWS public cloud supremacy by announcing significant price reductions across its Google Cloud Platform.  The eye-opening price cuts covered compute (32-percent reduction), storage …
William Alden / New York Times:
Candy Crush maker King Digital falls more than 12% below IPO price in trading debut  —  Candy Crush Maker King Falls in Trading Debut  —  King Digital Entertainment, the game maker behind the addictive Candy Crush Saga, had a muted debut on Wednesday as it began life as a public company.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
New NYT Now App Marks The Grey Lady's First Step Into Native Ads On Mobile, Dedicated Mobile Editors  —  “All the News That's Fit to Print” was a viable business model for many years at the New York Times, but these days, as newspaper costs rise and readers look elsewhere for their information …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft to unveil Enterprise Mobility Suite alongside Office for iPad  —  Summary: Microsoft is readying a new Enterprise Mobility Suite bundle to help enterprise users better manage Windows, Android and iOS devices, sources say.  —  Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is expected to unveil …

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