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March 15, 2015, 1:55 PM

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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google inserting conspicuous message above search results urging Firefox users to switch default search engines  —  Google Is Practically Begging Firefox Users To Switch Their Default Search Engine  —  It almost looks desperate.  Google has placed a big, new message above its organic search results …
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Alex Hern / Guardian:
Reddit's dual personality is a problem for CEO Ellen Pao should she try to clean up the site  —  Reddit: can anyone clean up the mess behind ‘the front page of the internet’?  —  The social news site is almost as famous for its never-ending supply of creepy subforums as it is for memes, pictures and assorted lols.
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
A week on the Dark Web: drugs, child pornography, guns, and stolen accounts are everywhere  —  I Spent A Week With The Scammers, Drug Dealers, And Endearing Dorks Inside The Dark Web  —  I spent a week with the scammers, drug dealers, and endearing dorks inside the Dark Web.  Here's what I learned.
More: BGR
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Netflix's war with Internet service providers is over, but Comcast and AT&T still have congestion issues with Internet backbone operators GTT and Zayo  —  Netflix war is over, but money disputes still harm Internet users  —  AT&T won't upgrade network without payment; Comcast is working to fix congestion.
Ben Dummett / Wall Street Journal:
BlackBerry unveils SecuTablet, based on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and incorporating Secusmart encryption technology, plans summer rollout  —  BlackBerry Unveils New Security-Focused Tablet  —  Device developed together with Samsung and IBM  —  TORONTO—BlackBerry Ltd. unveiled …
David Kushner / Rolling Stone:
Chris Poole hopes to sell 4chan, says Fappening and Gamergate stress triggered his departure  —  4chan's Overlord Christopher Poole Reveals Why He Walked Away  —  His website made him an unlikely teenage celebrity — then it spun out of control  —  At 11 a.m. on January 21st …
More: The Verge
TechCrunch:
Ashton Kutcher And Guy Oseary Launch Sound Ventures, The Successor To A-Grade Investments  —  Most people probably know Ashton Kutcher for his success in television and film, but he's not-so-quietly also become a pretty successful investor in startups as well.
Tweets: @semil and @ryanlawler
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
LG G Flex 2 rectifies most flaws of the original G Flex, but is held back by slow software  —  LG G Flex 2 review  —  LG's new curved phone is a big improvement on the original, but is it better than its straight competition?  —  The G Flex smartphone line is LG's design and engineering showcase.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Meerkat CEO Ben Rubin on Twitter cutting off access to social graph, competition, and future of live video  —  Meerkat's Ben Rubin on Twitter, Competition and the Future of Live Video  —  Ben Rubin, the guy behind app-of-the-moment Meerkat, says he's not surprised that Twitter gave …

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