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February 29, 2016, 12:05 AM

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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:
Mathias Döpfner / Business Insider:
Mark Zuckerberg talks AI, VR, Facebook's origins, and more in extensive interview  —  Mark Zuckerberg talks about the future of Facebook, virtual reality and artificial intelligence  —  Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg sat down with Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner for the German newspaper …
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 …
Mark Bergen / Re/code:
Google AMP is about speeding up mobile web, not beating Facebook at news, and may expand beyond publishing to e-commerce and other types of websites  —  Google AMP Is Less About Beating Facebook at News, More About Gobbling Up the Mobile Web  —  When Google looks at the mobile Web, it sees so many things it does not like.
Daniel Rubino / Windows Central:
Microsoft Hololens Development Edition reportedly available for pre-order February 29 for $3K, launches March 30  —  Microsoft HoloLens preorders reportedly start February 29 for a March 30 launch  —  A pulled report from Fortune reveals Microsoft's launch plans for the Development Edition …
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 …
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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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 …

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