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March 28, 2014, 2:10 PM

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Russell Holly / Geek.com:
Google mandates ‘Powered by Android’ branding on new devices  —  HTC and Samsung have something new popping up on their smartphones every time you boot them up, and apparently the feature was mandated by Google.  —  Android is not a household brand.  Google is but, despite having …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Microsoft Is Selling Office 365 Within iPad Apps, and Apple Is Getting Its 30 Percent Cut  —  While one of the big holdups for Office for iPad was getting the software just right, another was Apple's policy that apps that sell things — including subscriptions — use Apple's in-app purchase mechanism …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Euan Rocha / Reuters:
New Blackberry phones to cater to keyboard enthusiasts, BBM for desktop getting “serious look”  —  New BlackBerry phones to cater to keyboard aficionados: CEO  —  (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd plans to introduce high-end smartphones that cater to keyboard aficionados in the coming 18 months …
Brad Reed / BGR:
BlackBerry Q4 loss much narrower than expected but revenue sinks below $1 billion  —  BlackBerry's last earnings report was truly a thing of spellbinding horror as the company had just taken down its “for sale” sign and posted earnings of -$0.67 per share on $1.2 billion in revenue.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Y Combinator's new investment vehicle may not include any VC firms as limited partners  —  Y Combinator's YC VC may lose the actual VCs  —  Influential startup program Y Combinator is making a major change.  —  FORTUNE — For several years, a group of venture capital firms has committed …
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Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Sony 13 inch Digital Paper E Ink slate coming to America... for $1100  —  Sony introduced a 13 inch slate for reading and writing on documents last year.  The company calls it Digital Paper, and it's kind of a Kindle on crack with a big high-resolution, high-contrast display and a pen for taking notes or scribbling doodles.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
DVD and CD ripping for personal use to be legalized in UK from June  —  UK Govt: DVD and CD Ripping Will Be Legalized This Summer  —  To most consumers it is common sense that they can make a backup copy of media they own, but in the UK this is currently illegal.
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
Crittercism study: Google cloud services have fastest response, iOS 7.1 apps are most stable  —  Smartphones, the Disappointing Miracle  —  Smartphone users are frustrated and deprived by bad service, including slow application load times and frequent service crashes.
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
Mozilla employees ask new CEO Brendan Eich to step down for his support of anti-gay initiative  —  Mozilla employees tell Brendan Eich he needs to “step down”  —  This morning, a number of Mozilla employees took to Twitter with a united, nearly simultaneous message to new Mozilla Foundation CEO Brendan Eich: “Step down.”
Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
Hon Hai Profit Rises 13%, Boosted By iPads and iPhones  —  Taiwan Manufacturer Also Announces New Investment and Fundraising Plans  —  HONG KONG— Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. , the biggest assembler of Apple Inc. products, said Friday its profit last year rose 13%, helped by an increase in iPad and iPhone sales.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Valve's Michael Abrash Joins Oculus As Chief Scientist  —  After Facebook's acquisition of Oculus, many were worried that Oculus' top talent — many of whom are industry pioneers — would leave out of spite.  Seems quite the opposite is happening.  —  Michael Abrash — the man largely responsible …
More: Oculus VR, GeekWire and VG247Tweets: @cdixon
Oliver Haslam / Redmond Pie:
Facebook Messenger v4 For iPhone And Android Released: Groups, Message Forwarding, More  —  It seems that someone at Facebook likes nice round numbers, because the social network has released Facebook Messenger 4.0 for iPhone and Android.  Big new updates are great, except when they're not big at all …
Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom:
Cloud-managed Wi-Fi firm Aerohive goes public, raising $75M  —  Enterprise Wi-Fi vendor Aerohive Networks debuted on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday under the ticker HIVE after pricing its shares at $10 last night.  The company raised its original target of $75 million through the initial public offering.
Danny Yadron / Wall Street Journal:
Data Breach Suit Against Target Also Names Security Firm Trustwave  —  A lawsuit stemming from the security breach at Target Corp. spotlights a private Chicago firm that does most of the payment-security checks in the U.S., including the retail giant's.  —  In a lawsuit filed in U.S. district court …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Huawei on NSA: If foreign spies attacked a US firm, there'd be “outrage”  —  Chinese tech company still trying to track down NSA infiltration.  —  It's been a week since revelations that the National Security Agency infiltrated the systems of Huawei, and the Chinese technology company …
More: Wired
James Temple / Re/code:
Everyday Health Raises $100 Million in IPO, but Shares Dip in Early Trading  —  Everyday Health Inc. raised more than $100 million in its initial public offering on Friday, but shares fell after its premiere on the New York Stock Exchange.  The health media company offered nearly 7.2 million shares at $14.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft shows off Kinect for Windows version 2 hardware  —  Summary: Microsoft is inching closer to delivering the second version of its Kinect for Windows sensor, and is showing off what the final hardware will look like.  —  Microsoft is inching closer toward releasing the second version of its Kinect for Windows sensor.
Agam Shah / Computerworld:
Fire hazard forces Lenovo recall of ThinkPad batteries  —  The company has set up a Web page about the recall  —  Lenovo is recalling certain ThinkPad battery packs that could be a fire hazard due to overheating, which could ultimately also lead to computer damage.

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