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March 6, 2016, 9:20 AM

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Adam Pasick / Quartz:
Spotify's new Fresh Finds playlists leverage hundreds of music blogs and review sites it crawls and its own early adopter users  —  Spotify is using 50,000 anonymous hipsters to find your next favorite song  —  Spotify's personalized Discover Weekly playlist has won millions of fans …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Bloomberg Business:
China is building software to collate data on citizens' jobs, hobbies, consumption habits, and more to predict terrorist acts  —  China Tries Its Hand at Pre-Crime  —  Beijing wants to identify subversives before they strike.  —  Shai Oster  —  China's effort to flush out threats …
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Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Samsung says it has no plans to buy Tidal  —  Samsung Says It Won't Buy Tidal (EXCLUSIVE)  —  Samsung has no plans to acquire Jay Z's Tidal music service, the company told Variety Friday.  —  “The rumor of Samsung acquiring Tidal is not true,” said Samsung spokesperson, breaking the company's silence on the matter.
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
Olivia Solon / Guardian:
DARPA's upcoming $2M Cyber Grand Challenge wants teams to build AI-based hacking software that can exploit rival teams' vulnerabilities while fixing their own  —  These engineers are developing artificially intelligent hackers  —  In a sign of the autonomous security of the future …
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

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