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March 29, 2014, 1:15 AM

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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.
Reuters:
Blackberry wins preliminary injunction against Typo, banning sale of iPhone keyboard case  —  BlackBerry wins court order against TV host Ryan Seacrest's Typo  —  (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd won a preliminary injunction on Friday to ban Ryan Seacrest's Typo Products LLC from selling …
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.
Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom:
Drones vs. balloons: Zuckerberg explains why wings are better for the internet than helium  —  When Facebook and Internet.org revealed their intentions on Thursday to connect the developing world through aerial drones and satellites, the plans drew the inevitable comparisons to Google's Project Loon …
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.
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 …
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.
Kelly Hodgkins / MacRumors:
Swiss Watchmakers Rebuff Apple's Partnership and Hiring Advances  —  Apple allegedly is trying to tap Swiss watchmakers for their technical and metallurgy expertise as the company works to brings its rumored iWatch to the market, reports the Financial Times.
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.
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Yahoo has talked to AT&T, Amazon, Samsung to preload apps on their devices  —  Yahoo Struggles in Push for Mobile Deals  —  As CEO Marissa Mayer labors to revive Yahoo, the inability to get Yahoo apps onto more smartphones has become one of her biggest problems.
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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 …
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