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March 28, 2014, 7:55 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 …
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 …
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 and rarebit
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.
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.
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: bizjournals and VentureBeatTweets: @hunterwalk
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.
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:
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Dennis Fisher / Threatpost:
FTC Settles With Fandango, Credit Karma Over SSL Issues in Mobile Apps  —  The makers of two major mobile apps, Fandango and Credit Karma, have settled with the Federal Trade Commission after the commission charged that they deliberately misrepresented the security of their apps and failed to validate SSL certificates.
Vijaya Gadde / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter wins Turkish court case overturning access ban of account, but service still blocked  —  Victory for free expression in Turkish court  —  Two days ago, we filed petitions in Turkish court to challenge the access ban on Twitter, joining Turkish journalists and legal experts, Turkish citizens, and the international community.
Jeff Elder / Wall Street Journal:
Judge Clears Way for Trial in Silicon Valley Wage Case  —  A federal judge Friday denied efforts by Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel to avoid trial on claims that they suppressed wages by agreeing not to hire one another's employees.  —  The ruling by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose …
More: PandoDaily, Reuters and CNET

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