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March 31, 2015, 4:00 PM

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's new Atom-based Surface 3, starting at $499, to hit in May  —  Summary:Microsoft's coming Surface 3, an Intel Atom x7-based Surface, is the new little sister to the Surface Pro 3.  —  Microsoft is adding a new Surface tablet to its line-up — one aimed at students …
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Google announces an Asus-made Chrome OS HDMI stick called Chromebit for less than $100 and new ARM Chromebook laptops from Hisense and Haier starting at $149  —  Google pushes Chrome OS software, with or without Chromebooks  —  Google announces new Chromebook laptops and an intriguing …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Amazon's new Dash Button hardware offers instant orders for staple products; Prime members can request an invite to get the hardware for free  —  Amazon's New Dash Button Hardware Offers Instant Orders For Staple Products  —  Amazon has new hardware called the Dash Button that allows …
Abhimanyu Ghoshal / The Next Web:
WhatsApp for Android now allows all users to make voice calls, iOS coming soon  —  If you've been wondering when, oh when, someone will ring you via WhatsApp so you'll get its new voice calling feature, you won't have to sit by the phone any longer.  —  Updating to WhatsApp version 2.12.5 via Google Play does the trick.
Samuel Gibbs / Guardian:
Belgian data regulator finds Facebook tracks logged out, explicitly opted out, and unregistered users, thus breaching EU privacy law  —  Facebook ‘tracks all visitors, breaching EU law’  —  Exclusive: Social network even sets a new cookie to track untracked EU users who have explicitly opted out of tracking, report says
Katherine Finnerty / The New York Times Company:
NYT's Apple Watch app features custom one-sentence stories with images and bullet points; readers can use Handoff to continue reading on iPhone or iPad  —  The Times Rolls Out One-Sentence Stories on Apple Watch  —  The New York Times has developed a new form of storytelling to help readers catch up in seconds on Apple Watch.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Galaxy S6 review: with solid build quality, impressive specs, useful fingerprint sensor, and gorgeous 5.1 inch 2560 x 1440 display, it's Samsung at its best  —  Samsung Galaxy S6 review  —  It's not ok to make a cheap-looking phone anymore.  —  Now that Apple is finally making big phones …
Erin Griffith / Fortune:
Sprinklr raises $46 million to become latest billion-dollar unicorn  —  Sprinklr, a New York-based marketing startup, has raised $46 million in new funding from existing investors Intel Capital, Battery Ventures and Iconiq Capital.  The round, which brings Sprinklr's total funding to $123.5 million …
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Andreessen Horowitz invests another $52M in security startup Tanium at a $1.75B valuation, bringing the total invested by the VC firm to $142M  —  Andreessen Horowitz Invests Another $52 Million in Tanium at $1.75 Billion Valuation  —  Security and systems management startup Tanium said today …
Jeremy Hodges / Bloomberg Business:
HP Sues Autonomy Co-Founder Lynch in U.K. for $5.1 Billion  —  (Bloomberg) — Hewlett-Packard Co. escalated its more than two-year-old battle with Michael Lynch, suing the Autonomy Corp. co-founder, as well as a former chief financial officer, for $5.1 billion.
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Kim Zetter / Wired:
US Used Zero-Day Exploits Before It Had Policies for Them  —  Around the same time the US and Israel were already developing and unleashing Stuxnet on computers in Iran, using five zero-day exploits to get the digital weapon onto machines there, the government realized it needed a policy …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Bitly closes its bulk link-shortening ‘bundles’ service, cites ‘abuse’ and lack of interest  —  Bitly, famous for its near-ubiquitous URL-shortening service, has revealed that it is “sunsetting” its bundles feature due to lack of uptake, a little over four years after launch.
More: Bitly blog
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google announces new advertising options for Android app developers aimed at increasing installs, including the mobile Google Display Network  —  Google Expands Advertising Options For Mobile Developers Designed To Increase Installs  —  Google announced this morning a range of new advertising options …

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