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March 31, 2014, 11:35 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 …
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.
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
Apple's A7 processor is indeed “desktop class”, but apps aren't fully utilizing its power  —  Apple's Cyclone Microarchitecture Detailed  —  The most challenging part of last year's iPhone 5s review was piecing together details about Apple's A7 without any internal Apple assistance.
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 …
Michael Calia / Wall Street Journal:
OpenText Seeks $268 Million in Patent Claims From Box  —  Firm Seeks to Block Online Storage Company From Selling Infringing Products  —  OpenText Corp. on Monday said it is seeking $268 million in damages from online storage company Box Inc. over 200 claims of alleged patent infringement.
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Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo in talks to acquire online video service News Distribution Network for close to $300M  —  Yahoo in Talks to Buy Online-Video Service NDN — Sources  —  Deal Would Help Yahoo Compete With Google's YouTube  —  Yahoo Inc. is in preliminary talks to acquire online-video service News …
Carolyn Said / San Francisco Chronicle:
Airbnb to collect hotel taxes for San Francisco rentals  —  Airbnb, the fast-growing website that lets people rent out their homes or rooms to travelers, took a giant step toward legalizing itself in San Francisco with an announcement Monday evening that it will begin paying the city's 14 percent hotel tax by this summer.
Nitesh Dhanjani:
Tesla's website allows weak passwords and brute-force attacks, easing remote unlocking and location tracking for attackers  —  Cursory Evaluation of the Tesla Model S: We Can't Protect Our Cars Like We Protect Our Workstations  —  The innovation behind Tesla's electric vehicles has set us …
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 …
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 …
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Bill Gurley on Whisper and Secret: hard to monetize; Fred Wilson: faddish reaction to Facebook  —  One Of The World's Smartest Investors Thinks Anonymous Apps Like Whisper And Secret Are Fads That Won't Make Money  —  Bill Gurley is a partner at Benchmark Capital who is on the board …
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 …
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Google+ now shows the total number of profile, post and photo views on pages  —  In an effort to shrug off its “ghost town” reputation, Google today updated Google+ with total content views for profiles and pages.  —  On any page, you'll notice the new figure underneath the user's profile photo …
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.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple launches TD-LTE iPad Air and Retina iPad mini models in China  —  Apple has released new versions of the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display in China to support the area's TD-LTE networks.  This brings high-speed capable versions of the late-2013 iPad models to China for the first time:
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Outlook Web App For Office 365 To Get Smart Clutter Filter, OneDrive For Business Integration  —  Microsoft today announced a number of forthcoming updates to the Outlook Web App for Office 365 at its Exchange Conference in Austin.  Jeff Teper, Microsoft's corporate vice president …
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.

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