March 20, 2015, 11:05 AM

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Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
FTC Report: Google Purposely Demoted Competing Shopping Sites  —  Details from an FTC investigation into Google on anti-trust accusations have emerged, suggesting the search giant specifically worked to keep competitors out of its top results.  —  Google deliberately blacklisted competing shopping sites …
Wall Street Journal:
FTC report from 2012 reveals key staff recommended filing lawsuit against Google for anticompetitive tactics  —  FTC Staff Sought Antitrust Suit Against Google  —  Key FTC staff wanted to sue Internet giant after finding ‘real harm to consumers and to innovation’
Charlie /
GreatFire experiencing severe DDoS attacks, with 2.6B requests/hour, 2,500 times normal levels, affecting all mirror sites  —  We are under attack  —  We are under attack and we need help.  Likely in response to a recent story in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), we've experienced …
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg Business:
HTC Chairwoman Cher Wang takes over CEO role from Peter Chou who will head HTC Future Development Lab  —  HTC Chairwoman Cher Wang Takes Over CEO Role From Peter Chou  —  (Bloomberg) — HTC Corp. Chairwoman Cher Wang took the role of chief executive officer, replacing Peter Chou after three years …
Adam Fraser / Conversations:
Microsoft launches Lumia 430 Dual SIM smartphone, its cheapest Lumia to date with 4-inch display, 2MP camera, 8GB upgradable storage, 1.2GHz processor  —  Hello, Lumia 430 Dual SIM  —  Making it even easier to own your first Windows Phone, today Microsoft is proud to announce the Lumia 430 Dual SIM.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook plans to turn Messenger into a developer platform, eyeing pioneers Line and WeChat  —  Facebook Plans To Turn Messenger Into A Platform  —  Next week at its F8 developer conference, Facebook will announce new ways for third parties to offer experiences through its Messenger app, according to multiple sources.
John Callaham / Android Central:
The Acer C910 Chromebook gets faster with an Intel Core i5 processor  —  The previously-launched Acer C910 Chromebook is getting a hardware upgrade with a faster 5th generation Intel Core i5 processor being put inside.  —  The previous versions of the 15.6-inch Chromebook that launched …
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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Data visualisation company Quid raises $39M series D led by Liberty Interactive Corporation  —  Quid Raises $39M More To Visualize Complex Ideas  —  Quid just announced that it has raised $39 million Series D.  —  Quid describes itself as “the artificial intelligence company …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Magic Leap demos its augmented reality tech in YouTube video showing in-office gameplay experience  —  Watch Magic Leap's Video Of Seamless Augmented Reality Office Game Play  —  Magic Leap is showing what it might look like to use its hardware for augmented reality gaming in the future …
Tim Hornyak / Computerworld:
Samsung introduces 128GB 3-bit NAND flash memory chip aimed at middle to low-end smartphones  —  Samsung chip could bring 128GB storage to cheaper phones  —  The flash storage module is aimed at mass market devices  —  Samsung Electronics has developed flash memory storage …
Ben Popper / The Verge:
FAA gives Amazon permission to start outdoor research and testing of Prime Air delivery drones in US  —  Amazon just got permission from the FAA to start testing its delivery drones in the US  —  The e-commerce giant had threatened to take its research and development overseas

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