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March 17, 2014, 10:25 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft Office for iPad will be unveiled this month  —  Satya Nadella is planning to host his first press event as Microsoft CEO next week.  The software maker has been inviting members of the media to a special cloud- and mobile-focused event in San Francisco on March 27th.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
This is Healthbook, Apple's major first step into health & fitness tracking  —  Seven years out from the original iPhone's introduction, and four years past the iPad's launch, Apple has found its next market ripe for reinvention: the mobile healthcare and fitness-tracking industry.
Matt Brian / Engadget:
Apple reportedly launching a cheaper 8GB iPhone 5c on March 18th (updated)  —  Apple doesn't talk about how many iPhone 5c devices it sells, but the rumors are that it's not doing as well as its two siblings.  According to leaked documents from O2 Germany, Cupertino is looking to boost …
Jan Koum / WhatsApp Blog:
WhatsApp founder: Facebook “partnership” won't change values, not collecting new data on users  —  Setting the record straight  —  Since announcing our upcoming partnership with Facebook, we've been truly humbled by how much attention our story has received.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Set Top Box Will Be A Dongle Like Chromecast, Could Feature OnLive-Style Streaming  —  Amazon is readying a game console/set top box of its own, and we've learned from multiple sources familiar with the device that the Lab126-produced gadget will have a form factor similar to the Chromecast …
John Arlidge / TIME:
Apple Designer Jonathan Ive Talks About Steve Jobs and New Products  —  Apple's design chief helped transform computing, phones and music.  The company's secrecy and Ive's modesty mean he has never given an in-depth interview—until now.  John Arlidge 5:45 AM ET 'Hello.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Microsoft launches free OneNote for Mac, freemium OneNote for Windows, and OneNote cloud API for apps  —  Microsoft today revealed three major announcements regarding its OneNote offering: a free version of OneNote for Mac, a freemium version of OneNote for Windows, and a new cloud API …
Gawker:
GitHub co-founder on leave is Tom Preston-Werner, wife said to have intimidated others at the company  —  Meet the Married Duo Behind Tech's Biggest New Harassment Scandal  —  Sam Biddle and Nitasha Tiku  —  GitHub, an immensely popular and influential social network for software code …
Chris O'Brien / Los Angeles Times:
Dorian S. Nakamoto hires lawyer to ‘clear his name’ of bitcoin claim  —  Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto insists he is not the creator of bitcoin.  (Jonathan Alcorn / Bloomberg / March 13, 2014)  —  Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto of Temple City, the man recently named by Newsweek as the mysterious creator of bitcoin …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Acquires Zulip, A Stealthy Workplace Chat Solution Still In Private Beta  —  Dropbox has quietly acquired Zulip, the makers of a workplace chat solution for desktop and mobile, which had yet to publicly launch.  Though still in private beta at the time of the acquisition …
Washington Post:
Government computers running Windows XP will be vulnerable to hackers after April 8  —  The deadline for installing secure operating systems on federal government computers will pass next month with the job incomplete, leaving hundreds of thousands of machines running outdated software and unusually vulnerable to hackers.
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Paper Does Its First Content Collaboration With Exclusives From TED  —  In hopes of luring in fresh audiences, Facebook Paper announced its first experiment in working with an outside group to populate the Ideas section of its stylized content reader standalone app.
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Microsoft intros an LTE version of the Surface 2, arrives tomorrow for $679  —  As hard as it is to believe, Microsoft has until now never put out a 3G/4G Surface tablet.  But we knew one would come eventually: the company said it was working on an LTE-enabled Surface 2 and indeed, the thing recently surfaced (har) in FCC documents.
Dan Froomkin / The Intercept:
Homeland Security gets license plate data from private sector, doesn't need its own system  —  Reports of the Death of a National License-Plate Tracking Database Have Been Greatly Exaggerated  —  Screengrab from Vigilant Solutions YouTube demo of its location-tracking service.

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