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March 5, 2016, 11:10 AM

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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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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

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