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March 27, 2014, 5:35 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.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Twitter is experimenting with replacing its sacred retweet button with a ‘share’ button  —  Twitter has been busy making Facebook-like changes today — adding multiple photo upload and tagging, and experimenting with a profile change on iOS — but it isn't stopping there.
More: Engadget
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.
Lev Grossman / TIME:
The Inside Story of How Facebook Got Oculus VR  —  A 19-year-old hacker set out to invent a gaming headset.  He ended up reviving a dead technology and creating an idea worth $2 billion  —  To understand why Oculus Rift matters, it helps to know who John Carmack is.
Evelyn M. Rusli / Wall Street Journal:
Fund My Kickstarter Project-But Don't Get Angry If I Sell to Facebook  —  Only on Kickstarter could a $2 billion acquisition be considered an abject failure.  —  On Tuesday, Facebook announced it had purchased Oculus, the virtual reality headset maker and darling of Kickstarter.
Raph Koster / Raph's Website:
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 …
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 …
iFixit:
HTC One (M8) Teardown  —  Spring has sprung and HTC has hatched a new One.  Join us as we take a closer look at this season's newest sprout, the HTC One (M8).  After all, it's our job to weed out the irreparable, and the best way to do that is through destruction—er, precise analysis.
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Intel to ditch its Hadoop software and support Cloudera instead  —  How can big data and smart analytics tools ignite growth for your company?  Find out at DataBeat, May 19-20 in San Francisco.  There are only 20 tickets left at the lowest rate!  —  Intel is set to cause a tremor in the big data market tomorrow.
Tweets: @vambenepe
Reuters:
Yahoo Japan says to buy eAccess from SoftBank for $3.2 billion  —  (Reuters) - Yahoo Japan Corp said on Thursday that it would buy mobile and broadband provider eAccess Ltd from its parent SoftBank Corp for 324 billion yen ($3.17 billion) in a bid to expand its services for tablets and smartphones.
More: TechCrunch and BloombergTweets: @jonrussell
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.
William Alden / New York Times:
Candy Crush maker King Digital ends first day of trading more than 15% below IPO price  —  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.
Megan Rose Dickey / Business Insider:
John Cook / GeekWire:
Redfin co-founder and ex-CTO sue company, allege scheme to cancel shares as IPO nears  —  Redfin is facing a lawsuit in King County Superior Court from two of its earliest employees who allege that the Seattle online real estate company is attempting to wipe out their shares as it preps for an initial public offering.
Tom Dotan / The Information:
Maker Studios was losing $2-3M per month leading up to Disney sale  —  With Maker Acquisition, Disney Takes on a Tough Challenge  —  Walt Disney Co.'s $500 million buyout of Maker Studios has been described as many things: An endorsement of the YouTube economy, an admission by a media giant …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:
Google I/O site goes live, new random registration system open from April 8-10  —  Update: Registration is open April 8-10.  Google's first draft of its blog post mistakenly said April 7-9.  —  After briefly announcing some details earlier this month, a website for the upcoming Google …

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