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March 28, 2014, 3:00 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 …
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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 …
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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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.
Brad Smith / Microsoft on the Issues:
Microsoft changes stance after criticism, will refer to law enforcement in stolen IP cases  —  We're listening: Additional steps to protect your privacy  —  General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft  —  Last Thursday, news coverage focused on a case …
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.
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 …
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.
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.”
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 …
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 …
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.
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon drops Prime requirement, plans a free, ad-supported streaming media service.  —  Amazon.com Inc. plans a free, advertising-supported streaming television and music-video service, a departure from its strategy of offering video only to members of its $99-a-year Prime service, according to people familiar with the matter.

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