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March 4, 2016, 11:35 AM

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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
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Palmer Luckey says even high-end Mac Pros aren't powerful enough for the final Oculus Rift hardware  —  Oculus Founder: Rift will come to Mac if Apple “ever releases a good computer”  —  Even high-end Mac Pro GPUs aren't powerful enough for VR, Luckey says.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Amazon says it has dropped device encryption in Fire OS 5 because customers weren't using it  —  Amazon confirms it has dropped device encryption support for its Fire Tablets  —  Amazon has confirmed that version 5 of Fire OS for its Fire tablet removes support for device encryption.
Kamal Ahmed / BBC:
Sources: Facebook revenue in UK will no longer be routed through Ireland, will pay millions of pounds more in UK tax  —  Facebook to pay millions of pounds more in UK tax  —  Facebook is set to pay millions of pounds more in tax in the UK after a major overhaul of its tax structure.
Nate Hoffelder / The Digital Reader:
Barnes & Noble to close Nook App store, Nook Video, and UK Nook Store March 15  —  B&N is Shutting Down One of Its Top Three Digital Blunders on 15 March  —  Barnes & Noble announced a slew of of closures on Thursday, including Nook Video, the UK Nook Store, and what had to have been one of B&N's greatest digital mistakes.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Intuit sells its Quicken business to private equity firm H.I.G. Capital  —  Intuit sells Quicken unit to H.I.G. Capital  —  The company's well-known Quicken business has been sold to a private equity firm.  Quicken GM Eric Dunn was an investor in the transaction.
Wall Street Journal:
Source: Snapchat raises $175M more from Fidelity at same $16B valuation as a year ago  —  Snapchat Raises $175 Million From Fidelity at Flat Valuation  —  Messaging company still worth $16 billion in latest funding  —  Snapchat Inc. has raised $175 million in fresh funding from Fidelity Investments …
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.
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Wall Street Journal:
Accel Partners: as of 2015 VCs invested $7B+ in total in at least 110 firms based on open source  —  Tech Firms Grapple With How to Make Open Source Pay  —  Issue gains currency as private investors pour money into open-source startups  —  On a sunny November day, representatives …
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 …

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