March 2, 2016, 2:45 PM

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Andrea Shalal / Reuters:
Former Google CEO Schmidt to head new Pentagon innovation board  —  Eric Schmidt, the former chief executive officer of Google, has agreed to head a new Pentagon advisory board aimed at bringing Silicon Valley innovation and best practices to the U.S. military, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Wednesday.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Inside indie photo app developer Pixite's struggle as US app market reaches saturation  —  Life and death in the App Store  —  As last year began, the app developer Pixite held its company retreat at a converted Old West movie set outside of Palm Springs.
Financial Times:
US House committee skeptical of some FBI claims, also critical of Apple for offering no solution after both sides ask for laws on new encryption technologies  —  Apple and FBI in plea for encryption legislation  —  The FBI and Apple on Tuesday both urged Congress to produce legislation …
Caroline Wall / FierceMobileIT News:
iOS 9.3 may let IT admins dictate homescreen layout, blacklist or whitelist apps, and enforce notification settings on employee iPhones  —  IOS 9.3 might let IT admins dictate app position on employee iPhone homescreens  —  Employers will have greater control of company-issued iPhone with iOS 9.3 …
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
US military launches cyber attacks on ISIS in Mosul, openly announces it probably for the first time  —  US military launches cyber attacks on ISIS in Mosul, and announces it  —  Secretary of defense reveals cyber attacks in advance of ground battle for city.
David Meyer / Fortune:
Facebook Hit With German Antitrust Investigation Over User Terms  —  The German federal competition authority has opened an investigation into Facebook fb , over what it suspects is “an abusive imposition of unfair conditions on users.”  —  The Bundeskartellamt said Wednesday that Facebook's terms …
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg Business:
Sources: Slack is seeking between $150M and $300M in new financing at up to a $4B valuation  —  Messaging Startup Slack Seeks Up to $4 Billion Valuation in Funding Round  —  The company is said to be in talks to raise $150 million to $300 million in financing.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Hands-on with the Meta 2 AR headset, which impresses with a 90-degree field of view and 2560×1440 display; preorders start today for $949, shipping Q3 2016  —  Hands-on with the $949 mind-bending Meta 2 augmented reality headset  —  As modern virtual reality welcomes its consumer moment …

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