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March 29, 2014, 8:20 PM

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Spiegel Online:
GCHQ and NSA Targeted Private German Companies  —  Documents show that Britain's GCHQ intelligence service infiltrated German Internet firms and America's NSA obtained a court order to spy on Germany and collected information about the chancellor in a special database.
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 …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
BBM Now At 85M Monthly Active Users, 113M Registered Users, 500,000 Channels  —  The BlackBerry that's in the process of reinventing itself is an increasingly cross-platform creature — retrenching to serving its enterprise core by seeking to help them manage the bring-your-own-device wave that decimated its previous business.
George Anders / Forbes:
Sequoia Capital profiled as a feisty, decisive, luxury-eschewing band of outsiders  —  Inside Sequoia Capital: Silicon Valley's Innovation Factory  —  When Doug Leone arrived in Mount Vernon, N.Y. in 1968, the 11-year-old Italian immigrant didn't have a clue.
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Cable's Next Big Threat: Loss of Ad Dollars To YouTube, AOL  —  It turns out that cord-cutting isn't the only threat facing cable channels.  —  Several of the big ad-supported online video outlets, including Google's YouTube, AOL and others, plan this upfront season to target some of the ad dollars …
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Paul Graham / Y Combinator Posthaven:
Paul Graham steps away from Hacker News, handing control to five Y Combinator staffers  —  Meet the People Taking over Hacker News  —  I did several different things while I was working on Hacker News, and these will now be taken over by different people.  —  Kevin Hale (HN id kevin) will be in charge of design.
More: TechCrunch
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 …
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 …
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Roku's Streaming Stick is now shipping from Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart and others in the US  —  Google recently launched its Chromecast streaming dongle in almost a dozen new markets, but now Roku is offering an alternative.  The company's new Streaming Stick, which plugs into the back of your TV through …

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