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March 27, 2014, 11:45 AM

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César Puerta / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter rolls out photo tagging, ability to share up to four photos in a tweet  —  Photos just got more social  —  We're rolling out two new mobile features that make photos on Twitter more social.  One is photo tagging, which lets you tag the people in your photo; the other is the ability to include up to four photos in a Tweet.
Wall Street Journal:
Twitter rolling out new music strategy centered on music conversations and content this week  —  Twitter to Relaunch Music Strategy  —  Move Comes Shortly After It Pulled #Music App from iTunes  —  Twitter Inc. is trying out a new tune.  The short-messaging service is preparing to roll …
Mark DeCambre / Quartz:
Spotify is planning an IPO for this fall  —  Spotify could take itself public some time in the fall of 2014.  —  The popular music-streaming company has participated in informal chats with some of the investment banks likely to fight for a role in a potential IPO, sources familiar with the process said.
Evelyn M. Rusli / Wall Street Journal:
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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Apps with millions of Google Play downloads covertly mine cryptocurrency  —  Researchers said they have uncovered two apps that were downloaded from the official Google Play market more than one million times that use Android devices to mine the Litecoin and Dogecoin cryptocurrencies without explicitly informing end users.
Hurriyet Daily News:
Turkey blocks access to YouTube after alleged leak of recordings of key security meeting  —  Turkey blocks access to YouTube after leak recordings of key security meeting  —  Less than a week after a notorious ban on Twitter went into effect, the Turkish government blocked access to YouTube on March 27.
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Re/code:
The Other Facebook News: One Billion Mobile Users  —  Facebook followers could be forgiven for being fixated by the $2 billion deal to acquire the virtual reality company Oculus.  —  But another disclosure from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday is also worthy of attention …
More: bizjournals and PandoDailyTweets: @waltmossberg
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
Klout acquired for $200 million by Lithium Technologies  —  It's official: the once-controversial social scoring startup has been scooped up.  —  FORTUNE — Social score startup Klout has been acquired by Lithium Technologies, a provider of social customer experience solutions for the enterprise …
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Intel to ditch its Hadoop software and support Cloudera instead  —  Intel is set to cause a tremor in the big data market tomorrow.  —  The chip maker will announce tomorrow that it will stop pushing its own distribution of open-source Hadoop software for storing and processing lots …
Tweets: @vambenepe
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
In Response to Google, Amazon Drops EC2 And RDS Prices by 40%, S3 Storage Costs By 36% To 65%  —  Amazon today announced a new round of price cuts for a number of services on its cloud platform, including its S3 storage service, EC2 cloud computing platform, ElastiCache …
Eric Thayer / Reuters:
Judge tosses lawsuit against Facebook over use of minors' photos  —  (Reuters) - A California federal judge has dismissed a proposed class action lawsuit against Facebook Inc that had accused the company of misappropriating the names and likenesses of minors who use the social network.
Reuters:
Yahoo Japan buys SoftBank's eAccess for $3.2B to set up new mobile Internet service  —  Yahoo Japan buys SoftBank's eAccess to set up new mobile Internet service  —  (Reuters) - Yahoo Japan Corp said on Thursday that it would buy mobile and broadband provider eAccess Ltd from its parent SoftBank Corp …
Gabriele Steinhauser / Wall Street Journal:
Top EU court says ISPs may have to block copyright infringing websites  —  Top EU Court Backs Internet Bootlegging Ruling  —  Decision Could Raise Costs for Internet Service Providers  —  BRUSSELS—The European Union's highest court said on Thursday that Internet service providers …
More: TorrentFreak and BloombergThanks:@srikardr
Violet Blue / ZDNet:
Hackonomics: Stolen Twitter accounts ‘more valuable’ than credit cards  —  Summary: According to a new report, the value of Twitter accounts on the black market for hacked wares has eclipsed the value of stolen credit card data.  —  Violet Blue  —  Stolen Twitter accounts now fetch …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Google Play Music finally lets you upload songs through the browser  —  Google Play Music has long been a solid option for uploading and accessing your music collection wherever you are, but using the Music Manager app to actually get your songs into the cloud wasn't always the smoothest or most intuitive process.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
TV Commercials Vault Games to Top Tier of App Store Rankings  —  Analytics firm App Annie has released its February data (via AppleInsider) on top-performing apps on iOS and Android for the month of February, highlighting how large developers have increasingly been able to leverage television commercials to help boost their rankings.

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