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  • Mega Ltd, Kim Dotcom’s cloud storage company, will go public on the New Zealand stock exchange. [Source: ABC]

  • In one of the biggest edtech acquisitions to date, private equity firm Hellman and Friedman has acquired Wisconsin-based Renaissance Learning, a K-12 analytics company, for $ 1.1 billion. [Source: Education Week]

  • The Western Washington Taxicab Operators Association (say that five times fast), which is a taxi association in Seattle, is suing Uber for illegal operation that harms taxicab drivers. [Source: GeekWire]

  • Android users will now get alerts if there’s traffic ahead on their Google Maps path. [Source: Engadget]

  • MOOC provider Coursera’s new CEO is Rick Levin, the former President of Yale. Levin was previously serving as advisor to the company. [Source: VentureBeat]

  • An Australian publication is reporting that GitHub users who also use Amazon Web Services — 10,000 of them to be exact — have accidentally uploaded their AWS passcodes to GitHub repositories. They’ve done so because they’ve forgotten to remove the key from code they’ve posted. A testing firm called Threat Intelligence discovered the issue. [Source: IT News]

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  • A leaked test-build of the new BlackBerry firmware shows of a still under construction app called ‘Intelligent Assistant.’ Exact details of the new tool are not known, but it appears to be Blackberry’s response to Android’s and iOS’ very well known digital assistants. [Source: Engadget]

  • Two men have been convicted for distributing pirated mobile apps on a popular Android piracy website, with both Nicholas Anthony Narbone and Thomas Allen Dye pleading guilty to a single count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, the first people to be convicted for mobile app piracy. [Source: The Verge]

  • Tumblr announced today that it has added in two-factor authentication, which brings its security finally in line with Facebook, Google, LinkedIn and Twitter. Two-factor authentication is a blanket term for a security procedure that involves two stages to someone’s identity. [Source: TechCrunch]

  • Google bought Waze – the Israeli based traffic information app – for $ 1.1 billion in June last year. Through Google Now the company will now try and proactively update people with accident alerts on relevant commutes for them. [Source: Mashable]

  • Google made a splash announcing that Glass will be able to attach itself to more traditional glasses, but it has announced a new partnership with Luxottica, the company behind Oakley and Ray-Ban, to design, develop and distribute Google Glass. [Source: Engadget]

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  • Basecamp is reportedly facing outages due to a DDoS attack from hackers demanding money. Recently other companies, including GitHub and Meetup.com, have also been victims to similar attacks. [Source: TechCrunch]

  • Online cosmetic company Birchbox is preparing to open its first brick and mortar store in New York. The company says the retail location is slated to open sometime in May. [Source: The New York Times]

  • Business Insider has announced that former New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner will be contributing a monthly column to the online publication. And keeping with the politician’s lack of subtlety, dare I say tact, the column shall be called ”Weiner!” [Source: Business Insider]

  • Apple’s iTunes Radio has announced the first new channel to be offered on its streaming service: National Public Radio. More news channels will reportedly be added down the line. [Source: Re/code]

  • After a report came out that Comcast and Apple are in the midst of talks about offering a TV streaming service, Netflix’s shares dropped 7 percent today. Meanwhile Apple’s shares went up 1 percent. [Source: Variety]

  • GrubHub has set a $ 20 to $ 22 price range for its upcoming initial public offering. This gives the food ordering service, which is going to sell 4 million shares, a midpoint valuation of $ 1.72 billion. [Source: DealBook]

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