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March 3, 2016, 1:00 PM

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Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:
Amazon unveils Tap, a $130 Alexa-enabled portable bluetooth speaker, and the $90 Echo Dot, which adds Alexa support to other speakers  —  Amazon adds the $130 Tap and the $90 Dot to the Echo family  —  Amazon's voice-operated command center Echo produces something close to modern …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Amazon's Alexa will be able to control Nest and Honeywell thermostats this month  —  Last month Amazon started allowing its Alexa voice assistant to control smart home thermostats.  Now, Amazon's virtual assistant will be compatible with two major brands: Honeywell and Alphabet-owned Nest.
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Samsung ships the world's highest capacity SSD, with 15TB of storage  —  Samsung Electronics announced Wednesday that it is now shipping the industry's highest-capacity solid-state drive (SSD), the 15.36TB PM1633a.  —  Samsung revealed it was working on the drive last August …
Pavithra Mohan / Fast Company:
YouTube partners with UN to produce content that promotes gender equality, invests in videos by and about women at YouTube Spaces  —  YouTube Boosts Female Content Creators With Two New Initiatives  —  Both programs will focus on producing videos by women, for women, that discuss gender equality and other women's issues.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Former Snapchat and Instagram exec Emily White creating personal concierge startup Mave  —  Ex-Snapchat COO Emily White Has A New Startup  —  Former Snapchat and Instagram executive Emily White has created a high-end personal concierge startup, Fortune has learned.
AppleInsider:
IBM's SleepHealth debuts as first ResearchKit app for IBM Watson Health Cloud, to study how sleep quality impacts daytime activities  —  SleepHealth debuts as first ResearchKit app & study to support IBM Watson Health Cloud  —  Almost one year after IBM announced Watson Health Cloud …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple Launches Support Account on Twitter With Tips, Tricks, and Customer Service  —  Apple today created an official Twitter support account to provide customers with tips, tricks, and customer service regarding the company's product and services.  One of the account's first tweets shares step …

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