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March 3, 2014, 10:05 AM

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Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Exclusive: Top Execs Bates and Reller to Depart, as Musical Chairs Begins at Microsoft  —  Two direct reports to new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella — EVP of business development and evangelism Tony Bates and EVP of marketing Tami Reller — are leaving the company, according to numerous sources close to the situation.
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Apple CarPlay in-car initiative debuts with Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo  —  iOS in the Car rebranded with Siri, Maps and third-party music apps all included  —  Apple has a number of automotive partners for CarPlay.  —  Apple has rebranded its iOS in the Car initiative as CarPlay …
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Ellen Was On Stage At Oscars With Samsung, Backstage With iPhone  —  Samsung's a big sponsor of the Oscars, to the degree that it even had this year's host Ellen DeGeneres doing a record-breaking star-studded selfie with a Galaxy phone.  But behind the scenes, there's an iPhone being used.
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Ellen's Oscars selfie now the most retweeted post ever — a huge win for Samsung  —  Sorry, President Obama — the Internet likes Ellen a lot more.  —  During the Samsung-sponsored Academy Awards tonight, host Ellen Degeneres wrangled celebrities from the audience to tweet an awkward selfie …
Eva Dou / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Hiring Engineers in Asia to Speed Product Launches  —  Tech Company Wooing Workers From HTC, Other Rivals  —  TAIPEI— Apple Inc. is hiring hundreds of new engineers and supply-chain managers in China and Taiwan as it attempts to speed up product development and launch a wider range of devices.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple seemingly turns to Tumblr to promote the iPhone 5c  —  Apple appears to have taken to Tumblr to start up a new advertising campaign for the iPhone 5c.  The campaign is called “Every color has a story,” and the webpage called “ISee5c” appeared within the past couple of days.
Marc Andreessen / Andreessen Horowitz:
Marc Andreessen: “I dispute all accusations that I have violated any of my duties to eBay shareholders”  —  My Statement on eBay Director Role and Governance  —  False and misleading accusations have been made against eBay and against me in my role as an eBay director.
Carl Icahn / Shareholders Square Table:
Marc Andreessen's conflicts on eBay are “clear and insurmountable”  —  OPEN LETTER TO EBAY SHAREHOLDERS  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  CARL ICAHN ON EBAY: “SO MUCH FOR HONEST, ACCURATE DEBATE”  —  New York, New York, March 3, 2014 - Today Carl C. Icahn released the following open letter to stockholders of eBay Inc.
More: ZDNet and Business InsiderTweets: @carl_c_icahn
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
The rise of OpenStreetMap: A quest to conquer Google's mapping empire … This definition of omnipresent sums up many facets of society.  Fast food chains?  Everywhere.  Reality TV shows?  You know the answer.  And what about Google?  Yup, right again.
New York Times:
Start-ups rush to improve data security as breaches become more commonplace  —  When Start-Ups Don't Lock the Doors  —  Young tech companies have a long list of to-dos.  Signing up users and raising money are usually at the top of the list.  —  Much further down?  Data security.

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