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Electronic Frontier Foundation: FBI Plans to Have 52 Million Photos in its NGI Face Recognition Database by Next Year  —  New documents released by the FBI show that the Bureau is well on its way toward its goal of a fully operational face recognition database by this summer.  —  EFF received these records in response …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Yahoo Expands Partnership With Vevo, Bringing Music Videos To Yahoo Screen In U.S., Canada And Germany  —  Yahoo and music video streaming service Vevo are expanding their partnership, the companies are announcing today, through a deal that will bring Vevo's videos, live concert events …

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Emil Protalinski / The Next Web: Microsoft starts accepting developer submissions for universal Windows apps and Windows Phone 8.1 apps  —  Microsoft today announced major updates to the Windows Dev Center and Windows Phone Dev Center, with the former rolling out “later this week” and the latter arriving “later today.”

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Richard Lawler / Engadget: Google Glass Kit Kat update arrives ahead of tomorrow's big sale, but removes video calling  —  Still need a push to drop $1,500 on Google's Glass headset when they go on sale to all US residents tomorrow?  After skipping a couple of months, the team behind it is pushing a big software update …

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Pew Research Center: 18% of online Americans have had important personal information stolen, up from 11% last year  —  More online Americans say they've experienced a personal data breach  —  As news of large-scale data breaches and vulnerabilities grows, new findings from the Pew Research Center suggest …

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code: Amazon Says No to Accepting Bitcoin, Maybe to Building an Amex or Visa Competitor  —  Like bitcoin?  Like Amazon?  Want to use bitcoin to buy stuff from Amazon?  —  I have some bad news for you.  Not going to happen anytime soon.  —  “Obviously it gets a lot of press and we have considered it …

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Alex Byers / Politico: Napster co-founder Sean Parker to lead civic startup  —  Big tech industry players want to help get out the vote and are pouring millions into a new start-up to boost American civic engagement.  —  The company, called Brigade, is designed to combat a lack of political engagement and interest …

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Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter: David Fincher pulls out of talks to direct Sony Pictures' Steve Jobs film  —  David Fincher Out of Steve Jobs Movie in $10 Million Fee Fight (Exclusive)  —  The director was negotiating with Sony to reteam with “The Social Network” writer Aaron Sorkin and producer Scott Rudin.

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft makes Office Online available in Chrome Web Store  —  Summary: Microsoft is making the Web versions of its Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote apps available to users through the Chrome Web Store.  —  Microsoft's Office Online — the Webified and free versions of Word, Excel …

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code: Square Hires Amazon AWS Exec Alyssa Henry as Engineering Lead  —  Square is one step closer to fully filling out its executive team, hiring long-time Amazon veteran Alyssa Henry as its new engineering lead.  —  At Square, Henry will “head up engineering operations for Square's infrastructure …

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Ed Pilkington / Guardian: Guardian and Washington Post win Pulitzer prize for NSA revelations  —  Pair awarded highest accolade in US journalism, winning Pulitzer prize for public service for stories on NSA surveillance  —  The Guardian and the Washington Post have been awarded the highest accolade in US journalism …

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Peter Kafka / Re/code: Thanks But No Thanks, Maker Studios Tells Relativity  —  Last night film studio Relativity Studios announced that it, too, wanted to Maker Studios, the YouTube network that Disney is about to acquire.  —  Here's Maker's answer: No thank you — we've already sold.

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Alyson Shontell / Business Insider: Inside Clinkle, Lucas Duplan's struggling payments app now three years in the making  —  A SILICON VALLEY DISASTER: A 21-Year-Old Stanford Kid Got $30 Million, Then Everything Blew Up  —  The week after Thanksgiving, 40 Clinkle employees gathered in the kitchen of their San Francisco office.

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Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch: Y Combinator Adds Four New Partners, Including Stripe CEO Patrick Collison  —  Y Combinator is announcing today the addition of four new partners to its roster, as part of its larger push for more growth under new president Sam Altman.  —  Altman announced in a blog post this afternoon …

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Ben Popper / The Verge: How Cool Planet founder Mike Cheiky convinced Silicon Valley to invest in his shoddy science  —  The inventor of everything  —  How an egotistical genius convinced Silicon Valley to invest hundreds of millions in his shoddy science  —  It's a sunny morning in Camarillo, California …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: SeedInvest Raises Series A On Its Own Crowdfunding Platform, $2M Committed So Far  —  SeedInvest, the equity crowdfunding platform based in New York that helps other startups (like Vengo Labs) raise rounds, is today launching a campaign on its own platform to complete an intended $3 million Series A round.

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Did Microsoft just kill its anti-Google ‘Scroogled’ campaign?  —  Summary: A Microsoft Corporate Vice President claims Microsoft is ‘done’ with its ‘Scroogled’ campaign.  But is the company really Scroogled out?  —  Has Microsoft quietly done away with its anti-Google “Scroogled” campaign?

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Steve Kovach / Business Insider: Samsung says Galaxy S5 launch weekend sales were better than S4  —  How Were Opening Weekend Sales For The New Galaxy S5 Phone?  Samsung Won't Say Anything Specific  —  Samsung bragged about opening weekend demand for its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, but didn't provide specific numbers.

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Mitchell Baker / The Mozilla Blog: Greylock's Chris Beard joins Mozilla's Board of Directors, becomes interim CEO  —  Mozilla Moving Forward  —  Mozilla finds itself in the midst of an unexpected leadership transition.  Along with my fellow board members Reid Hoffman and Katharina Borchert, I am pleased to announce …

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Chris Welch / The Verge: Netflix streaming speeds on Comcast jump 65 percent after controversial deal  —  Netflix customers on Comcast are already seeing the benefits of a controversial pact between the streaming service and cable provider.  Comcast jumped five spots in Netflix's ranking of ISP performance for the month of March.

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Wall Street Journal: Google buys Titan Aerospace, the maker of high-altitude drones Facebook was considering  —  Google snaps up drone maker Titan Aerospace, which Facebook sought to buy.  —  Google has agreed to buy Titan Aerospace, a U.S. maker of aerial drones that Facebook had been in talks to acquire.

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Rene Ritchie / iMore: Windows Phone 8.1 is somehow working with Apple's Passbook...?  —  When Apple introduced Passbook in iOS 6 they billed it as a way to store all your tickets, coupons, boarding passes, loyalty programs, and other cards all in one place.  It's hard to imagine they expected that place …

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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica: T-Mobile is sorry for charging “greedy, predatory” fees, will (mostly) stop  —  T-Mobile charges for extra data on 500MB plans, but it's not an “overage” fee.  —  T-Mobile US CEO John Legere today said that data overage fees are greedy and predatory and that the company plans to stop charging them.

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Kwame Opam / The Verge: Heartbleed bug responsible for theft of 900 Canadian tax ID numbers  —  Canada's taxpayers may be the first victims of the Heartbleed bug that put the web on high alert last week.  According to the Canada Revenue Agency, 900 social insurance numbers (SINs) were stolen by hackers exploiting the security vulnerability.

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Dan Primack / Fortune: Exclusive: Kleiner Perkins raising $1.2 billion for new funds  —  Kleiner Perkins raising new early-stage and digital growth funds.  —  FORTUNE — Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers last week unveiled its new fundraising plans, at a meeting of the venture capital firm's limited partners.

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