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March 3, 2016, 8:25 PM

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Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:
A list of the companies, organizations, and individuals that have filed court documents supporting Apple against the FBI  —  These Are Apple's Allies Against the FBI (Updated)  —  Some 40 companies and organizations are expected to file briefs today in support of Apple in its fight …
Pavel Alpeyev / Bloomberg Business:
Samsung says customer privacy is “extremely important” and backdoors would undermine trust, but stops short of openly supporting Apple, won't file amicus brief  —  Samsung Echoes Apple's Arguments on Importance of User Privacy  —  The world's largest smartphone vendor also opposes backdoors
New York Times:
Several tech execs were initially worried about supporting Apple in FBI case because of its potential to backfire, concerns over public perception  —  Apple Gets Tech Industry Backing in iPhone Dispute, Despite Misgivings  —  It is a remarkable moment for the technology industry …
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
Amazon quietly removed support for device encryption in the latest version of Fire OS, which powers its tablets and phones  —  Amazon Quietly Removes Encryption Support from its Gadgets  —  While Apple is fighting the FBI in court over encryption, Amazon quietly disabled the option …
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 …
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Facebook adds Spotify integration to Messenger so users can share songs and playlists  —  Spotify becomes first music platform to integrate with Facebook Messenger  —  Music has arrived on Messenger.  —  Facebook announced today that its mobile messaging platform now integrates with Spotify.
Deborah M. Todd / Reuters:
Yahoo CFO Ken Goldman says company exploring sale of $1B-$3B of non-core assets like patents and property as alternative to spinning off core business  —  Yahoo exploring sale of $1 billion-$3 billion in ‘non-core assets’: CFO  —  Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O) is exploring the sale of $1 billion …
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 …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
HTC Vive Pre: unfinished, but makes best case for VR both as entertainment device and computing interface  —  The HTC Vive Pre: an unfinished, incredibly fun virtual reality system  —  Of all the virtual reality headsets out there, the HTC Vive feels most like what science fiction visionaries promised us in the '80s and '90s.
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