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March 4, 2016, 8:35 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
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 …
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, 3:39 pm
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.
David Kravets / Ars Technica:
San Bernardino DA says seized iPhone may hold “dormant cyber pathogen”  —  He says iPhone might be “a weapon” to trigger some nefarious worm of some sort.  —  The San Bernardino District Attorney told a federal judge late Thursday that Apple must assist the authorities in unlocking …
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Twitter Editorial Director Karen Wickre Is Leaving the Company  —  Twitter's editorial director, Karen Wickre, is leaving the company after more than four years.  —  Wickre made the announcement in a Medium post Friday.  She ran Twitter's editorial teams, which includes overseeing …
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.
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.
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.

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