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February 28, 2016, 1:20 PM

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John Paczkowski / BuzzFeed:
Apple To Debut New iPad, 4-Inch iPhone On March 21, Day Before FBI Hearing  —  Apple's first media event of 2016 will occur one day prior to the company's March 22 showdown with the government over a motion that would compel it to help hack an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo: new 4-inch iPhone to cost $400-$500, have 12MP rear-facing camera, 1,642 mAh battery; iPhone 5s to receive 50% price cut  —  New 4" iPhone With 12MP Camera Said to Cost $400-$500, iPhone 5s to Receive 50% Price Cut  —  KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
WhatsApp to end support for BlackBerry, Nokia, and other older operating systems by the end of 2016  —  WhatsApp is to cease support for a number of operating systems by the end of 2016, the company announced yesterday.  —  With Android and iOS dominating the smartphone realm …
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Mark Zuckerberg Is ‘Obsessed’ With Livestreaming, Making Live a Top Priority at Facebook  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has taken a heightened interest in livestreaming over the past few months, redirecting internal resources to help build out the company's Live product that lets people broadcast video …
William Alden / BuzzFeed:
Zumper acquires Padmapper for under $10M to take on Craigslist in apartment listings  —  Apartment Hunting Sites Padmapper And Zumper Are Joining Forces  —  It's 2016.  Rooms full of people are strapping virtual reality googles to their faces, automated personal assistants are appearing in our phones …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Really understanding Apple's legal brief in the FBI case  —  The fight between Apple and the FBI over the security protections on the San Bernadino iPhone has been fierce for the past few weeks, but it's mostly been a PR battle thus far.  From a legal and procedural standpoint …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Phone makers like Samsung embrace Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 chipset for 2016 flaships after avoiding last year's problematic 810  —  Qualcomm is back with a vengeance  —  The biggest winner of Mobile World Congress 2016 wasn't a phone or a phone manufacturer, but a phone chip manufacturer: Qualcomm.
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Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Oculus Has Hired Former Flipboard, Hulu Product Exec Eugene Wei to Run Video  —  Oculus, the Facebook-owned virtual reality company, has hired former Hulu SVP Eugene Wei as its new head of video.  Wei was most recently head of product at Flipboard, and also spent seven years at Amazon beginning in the late '90s.
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Hudson Hongo / New York Magazine:
Weird Facebook, filled with memes that were once reserved for 4chan and Tumblr, is making Facebook fun for teens again  —  The Rise of Weird Facebook: How the World's Biggest Social Network Became Cool Again (and Why It Matters)  —  Facebook has transformed from the site where relatives post screenshots …
Brian Barrett / Wired:
IRS now says hackers accessed 700K+ taxpayer accounts, not 334K it disclosed in August, will begin mailing affected taxpayers on Feb. 29  —  Hack Brief: Last Year's IRS Hack Was Way Worse Than We Realized  —  Last year, a hack of the US Office of Personnel Management exposed the personal information …

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