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March 6, 2015, 9:50 AM

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Ed Bott / ZDNet:
Oracle now bundles Ask toolbar adware with Java for Mac installations by default  —  Oracle extends its adware bundling to include Java for Macs  —  Summary:For years, Oracle has tormented Windows users by bundling adware with its Java installer for Windows PCs.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple plans relaunched Beats streaming music service for WWDC, skipping March event; Apple TV still coming  —  Apple won't take the wraps off of its upcoming Beats-based music streaming service at its March 9 “Spring Forward” event, according to music industry sources briefed on the launch timeline.
New York Times:
Study finds at least 46K Twitter accounts linked to IS; from Sept to Dec Twitter suspended 1K accounts  —  ISIS Is Skilled on Twitter, Using Thousands of Accounts, Study Says  —  The Islamic State, the violent extremist group that espouses a return to a seventh-century caliphate …
Roberto Baldwin / The Next Web:
WSJ: Google's carrier experiment could launch this month but only for Nexus 6  —  That was quick.  —  The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google's experimental foray into becoming a wireless carrier could happen as quickly as the end of this month.  But it wont be available for all phones.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Stop the presses: HTTPS-crippling “FREAK” bug affects Windows after all  —  Microsoft advisory dramatically raises the number of vulnerable end-user devices.  —  Computers running all supported versions of Microsoft Windows are vulnerable to “FREAK,” a bug disclosed Monday that for more than a decade …
Chance Miller / 9to5Google:
Gmail for iOS updated w/ share sheet support, ability to archive & reply to email via notifications  —  Google this morning has released a major update for Gmail on iOS.  The update bumps the app to version 4.0 and packs a handful of new features.  First off, Gmail on iOS now supports …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, and hundreds of other companies file an amicus brief in the US Supreme Court for nationwide marriage equality  —  Apple, Facebook, Comcast, and hundreds of others ask Supreme Court for nationwide marriage equality  —  Marriage equality is actually good for business, so these companies claim
Facebook:
Facebook warns page owners their like count may dip as it removes likes from inactive accounts  —  Making Page Likes More Meaningful  —  Businesses use Page audience data to understand what their followers care about.  To make audience data even more meaningful for businesses …
BBC:
UK's National Crime Agency arrests 57 suspected hackers for various cybercrimes  —  Dozens arrested in cybercrime ‘strike week’  —  The UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) has mounted a “strike week” against suspected hackers resulting in 56 arrests.  —  In total, 25 separate operations were carried out across the UK.
Yuliya Chernova / Wall Street Journal:
The Back Story of Meerkat: A Side Project That Took Off … At three in the morning on Tuesday, Eden Shochat, founding partner at Israeli venture firm Aleph, was awakened by a phone call, while in Washington, Ben Rubin, co-founder and chief executive of Aleph portfolio company Life On Air Inc. …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Uber Suspends Its UberX Service In South Korea  —  Uber has suspended its peer-to-peer ride-sharing service UberX in South Korea following discussions with the government.  The news is the latest in a series of setbacks that the ride-hailing service has encountered in the country, where it has regularly clashed with authorities.

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