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March 31, 2014, 6:35 PM

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Satya Nadella / Microsoft Corporation:
Microsoft CEO promotes Scott Guthrie to EVP of Cloud and Enterprise, names Stephen Elop EVP of Devices, consolidates Xbox teams under Phil Spencer  —  Satya Nadella email to employees on tuning our organization  —  Today marks the start of another big week for Microsoft as we gear up for the Build conference in San Francisco.
Phil Spencer / Xbox Wire:
Head of Xbox Phil Spencer leads Xbox, Xbox Live, Xbox Music, Xbox Video, and Microsoft Studios  —  A New Day at Xbox  —  By Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox  —  Our community is at the heart of what we do at Xbox.  Whether it is meeting thousands of fans at the launch of Xbox One …
Raymond M. Soneira / DisplayMate:
Galaxy S5's OLED display is the “best performing smartphone display that we have ever tested”  —  Samsung Galaxy S5 Display Technology Shoot-Out  —  Introduction The Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series of Smartphones are flagship products for Samsung to show off its latest …
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Exclusive: NSA infiltrated RSA security more deeply than thought - study  —  (Reuters) - Security industry pioneer RSA adopted not just one but two encryption tools developed by the U.S. National Security Agency, greatly increasing the spy agency's ability to eavesdrop on some Internet communications …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
OKCupid shows Firefox users a full-page interstitial suggesting alternate browsers in protest of Mozilla's CEO  —  OKCupid asks users to boycott Firefox because of CEO's gay rights stance  —  Anyone accessing the popular dating site OKCupid with Firefox today is in for a surprise.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
More Exec Departures Hit Payments Startup Clinkle  —  Sooner or later, you'd think the bleeding has to stop at Clinkle.  Not yet, though.  —  Re/code has learned that Chief Service and Operational Officer Andy Rendich has left the startup just a few weeks after COO Barry McCarthy …
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Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
More Wi-Fi is better: FCC expands use of 5GHz spectrum  —  Agency also says it will auction 65MHz of spectrum for mobile broadband.  —  In a unanimous vote, the Federal Communications Commission has agreed to expand the amount of the 5GHz band that Wi-Fi takes up by 100MHz.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft to highlight its ‘One Windows’ progress at Build 2014  —  Summary: What's on tap for Microsoft's Build conference this week?  Here's what we know and what we think we know.  —  While Microsoft execs have made subsstantial progress in the past couple of years toward breaking …
Eat24:
A marketer's amusing “Breakup Letter” to Facebook over News Feed algorithm changes  —  A Breakup Letter to Facebook from Eat24  —  Hey.  It's Eat24.  Look, we need to talk.  This isn't easy to say since we've been together so long, but we need to break up.
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Jelly for iOS now lets you ask and answer questions with a location  —  Jelly, the app that helps people from around the world answer each other's questions, today updated its iOS app with new tools for posing and explaining problems.  —  In version 1.1, you can now create a new question using a map and a specific location.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft chops Azure prices to match Amazon's latest reductions  —  Summary: Microsoft is cutting prices for a number of its Azure services to match (and in some cases, beat) Amazon's latest pricing.  —  The cloud price wars are continuing to wage on.  —  A week after Amazon axed prices across …
Aman Shah / Reuters:
Cisco rival Arista Networks files for IPO  —  (Reuters) - Arista Networks Inc, which makes network switches for large data centers, filed for an initial public offering on Monday, the latest in a string of cloud computing firms tapping investor enthusiasm around the technology.
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube seeks more TV ad dollars, offering audience guarantees and placement on top shows  —  YouTube to Offer Advertisers Some Guarantees  —  YouTube Also Will Reserve Space for Advertisers That Commit to Buying in Top Shows  —  Google Inc. is ramping up its assault on traditional television's advertising business.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Machinima Hires TV Executive Chad Gutstein as CEO  —  Screengrab courtesy of Machinima via YouTube  —  Machinima raised new funding earlier this month.  Now it has a new CEO as well.  —  The giant YouTube network has hired Chad Gutstein, the former chief operating officer of niche cable network Ovation …

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