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March 8, 2014, 1:05 PM

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Martin Brinkmann / gHacks Technology News:
Mozilla stops development of authentication system Persona, transfers project to community  —  Mozilla makes authentication system Persona Community Project  —  When Mozilla launched Persona under the name BrowserID back in 2012, it had big plans for the authentication service.
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Lyft Funding Official: Documents Filed for New $150 Million Round  —  Lyft, the ride-sharing app that is locked in an expensive competition with rival Uber, is at least part of the way to its next round of funding.  —  The company filed a document associated with a Series D round worth $150 million …
More: TechCrunch
Felix Salmon:
Based on inconclusive evidence, Newsweek's Dorian Nakamoto story is theory, not fact  —  The Satoshi Paradox  —  Newsweek wanted a scoop for its relaunch cover story, and boy did it deliver: it uncovered the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, the inventor of bitcoin.  Who then promptly came out and denied everything.
Kashmir Hill / Forbes:
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
HTTPS attack analyzes subtle differences in encrypted traffic to identify pages viewed  —  New attack on HTTPS crypto might reveal if you're pregnant or have cancer  —  As the most widely used technology to prevent eavesdropping on the Internet, HTTPS encryption has seen its share of attacks …
Brian Fung / The Switch:
Microsoft is using your data to target political ads on Xbox Live  —  Microsoft is trying to persuade politicians to take out targeted ads on Xbox Live, Skype, MSN and other company platforms as midterm elections begin heating up around the country.  To plug the idea, Microsoft officials handed …
Caitlin McGarry / TechHive:
SXSW starts out with spotlight on security, as Google's Schmidt sounds off on NSA  —  AUSTIN—Austin, Texas is in full-on party mode as South by Southwest kicks off Friday, but the normally lighthearted Interactive portion of the festival—best known for turning Twitter and Foursquare into stars …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Tumblr Now Lets You Dial A Toll-Free Number To Post Audio To Your Blog  —  Tumblr today added a new audio posting feature which lets you dial a toll-free number with your phone in order to post a short recording directly to your blog.  We nearly missed the news of the addition because …
Bloomberg:
Docomo may miss earning targets due to price wars with rivals and heavy discounts on iPhones  —  NTT Docomo May Miss Earnings Forecast on IPhone, Competition  —  NTT Docomo Inc. (9437), Japan's largest wireless operator, said a price war with other carriers and discounts on the latest iPhones …
More: Quartz
Daniel P. Howley / LAPTOP Magazine:
T-Mobile's New Simple Choice Plan: 1GB of Data for Just $50  —  T-Mobile has been shaking up the wireless industry since it officially killed off two-year contracts with the debut of its Simple Choice Plan last March.  Now, a year later, the carrier is rolling out a revamped version …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Microsoft received 35,083 government requests for data impacting 58,676 accounts in the second half of 2013  —  Microsoft today revealed the number of data requests it received from various law enforcement agencies around the world in the second half of 2013: 35,083.
More: eWeek and ZDNet

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