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March 28, 2014, 7:15 PM

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Brad Smith / Microsoft on the Issues:
Microsoft changes stance, won't inspect customer data in stolen IP cases, referring instead to law enforcement  —  We're listening: Additional steps to protect your privacy  —  General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft
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 …
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Gary Kovacs, John Lilly, Ellen Siminoff resign from Mozilla board after appointment of new CEO  —  Three Mozilla Board Members Resign over Choice of New CEO  —  Mozilla named a new chief executive this week to lead the non-profit Web organization as it tries to keep its Firefox browser relevant in the mobile age.
More: The Verge
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple planning expansion at Arizona sapphire plant to boost output  —  Apple and sapphire manufacturing partner GT Advanced Technologies are looking to expand operations at the companies' Mesa, Ariz., facility, possibly to accommodate higher yields for an as-yet-unknown component, AppleInsider has learned.
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 …
More: VentureBeat and bizjournalsTweets: @hunterwalk
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Roku CEO: Apple TV is a money-loser  —  Roku has long argued that bigger rivals end up helping Roku when they release streaming-video boxes.  CEO Anthony Wood allows that Apple TV does result in lost money — for Apple.
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 …
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:
Re/code:
Yahoo tries to lure YouTube stars with better ad rates for new video service  —  Ready for Marissa's Closeup?  Yahoo Is Considering Creating Its Own YouTube (and Poaching YouTube Stars)  —  Google-owned YouTube hasn't had a serious competitor for years.  But Yahoo would like to try …
Joseph Ax / Reuters:
U.S. judge OKs class action status in e-book suit against Apple  —  (Reuters) - A federal judge in New York granted class certification on Friday to a group of consumers who sued Apple Inc for conspiring with five major publishers to fix e-book prices in violation of antitrust law.
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.
Daniel Rubino / Windows Phone Central:
New Windows Phone 8.1 video reveals Start screen backgrounds, parallax view  —  As we reported earlier, the leaks for Windows Phone 8.1 are coming in at a steady pace now.  Following up on this morning's video that showed off the new OS is one focusing on the new Start screen options.
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 IPO is an opportunity to raise some capital …

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