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March 4, 2016, 4:05 PM

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Tim Sweeney / Guardian:
Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney says Microsoft wants to lock PC game distribution and commerce with Universal Windows Platform, urges industry to fight it  —  Microsoft wants to monopolise games development on PC.  We must fight it  —  Developers must oppose this, or else cede control of their titles
TechCrunch:
Source: Microsoft EVP Qi Lu pushed for deal to acquire Slack for up to $8B, but Bill Gates and Satya Nadella rejected plan, favoring adding features to Skype  —  Source: Microsoft mulled an $8 billion bid for Slack, will focus on Skype instead  —  Mar 4, 2016, 8:37 amMar 4, 2016, 11:15 am
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.
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.
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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Sources: Microsoft to detail plans to open the Xbox platform to developers at Build on March 30, unveil universal Xbox apps  —  Microsoft to finally unveil its universal Xbox apps later this month  —  Microsoft is planning to unveil its universal Xbox apps later this month.
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 Fire tablets  —  Amazon has confirmed that version 5 of Fire OS for its Fire tablet removes support for device encryption.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Google will extend right-to-be-forgotten to all Search domains for searches from EU country where request was filed, beginning next week  —  Google confirms it will extend E.U. right-to-be-forgotten to all Google Search domains from next week  —  Google has confirmed previous reports …
Kellex / Droid Life:
Pictures and specs of HTC 10 leak: 5.15-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM, 12MP camera  —  HTC's Next Flagship Apparently Dubbed “HTC 10,” and Here are a Bunch of Pictures of It  —  You know how HTC has been teasing their next flagship device on Twitter with a hashtag of #powerof10?
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 …
Nathan McAlone / Business Insider:
Tinder is testing a button that lets you directly share other people's profiles via text message; links expire after five clicks or 72 hours  —  Tinder is testing a ‘share button’ that lets you play matchmaker  —  Tinder is testing out a “share” button that lets you send someone's Tinder profile to a friend.
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