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March 5, 2016, 7:30 PM

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Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Meerkat Is Ditching the Livestream — And Chasing a Video Social Network Instead  —  Two weeks ago, Meerkat CEO Ben Rubin sent an email to his company's 48 investors laying bare an observation that he'd made peace with months earlier: Meerkat, the livestreaming app that played the role …
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
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 …
Bloomberg Business:
How Snapchat brings celebrities millions of views and offers advertisers a young audience  —  Advertisers want the $16 billion social network's young users
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Amazon reverses course, says it is bringing back support for device encryption to tablets running Fire OS via a software update due this spring  —  Amazon reverses course on encryption for its Fire tablets  —  It's been only one day since — in the midst of a debate over encrypted devices …
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Inside the Cunning, Unprecedented Hack of Ukraine's Power Grid  —  It was 3:30 p.m. last December 23, and residents of the Ivano-Frankivsk region of Western Ukraine were preparing to end their workday and head home through the cold winter streets.  Inside the Prykarpattyaoblenergo control center …
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
New research shows slowdown in productivity growth since 2005 not the result of unmeasured gains from information technology  —  Silicon Valley Has Not Saved Us From a Productivity Slowdown  —  American middle class wages haven't been rising as rapidly as they once were …

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