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March 7, 2016, 7:30 PM

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google's Project Fi is no longer invite-only, and Google is selling Project Fi-activated Nexus 5X phones for $199 over the next few months  —  You can now sign up for Google's Project Fi cell service without an invite  —  You can now sign up for Project Fi, Google's first foray into offering …
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
Microsoft announces that SQL Server, its software for managing corporate data, will also run on Linux; full commercial release in 2017  —  Microsoft Opens Its Corporate Data Software to Linux  —  SAN FRANCISCO — For years, Microsoft built walls between its products and the rest of the industry.
Jillian D'Onfro / Business Insider:
Chris Poole, founder of 4chan, is joining Google, to work under Bradley Horowitz, VP of Google's Photos and Streams products  —  The founder of the one of the most controversial websites on the internet is joining Google  —  Chris Poole, the founder of the controversial online forum 4chan, is joining Google.
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Facebook announces a WordPress plugin that lets publishers easily create Instant Articles  —  As Facebook prepares to roll out Instant Articles to all publishers next month, the company said Monday that it's partnering with WordPress.com's parent Automattic to release an Instant Article WordPress plugin.
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg Business:
Apple loses Supreme Court appeal in ebook price-fixing case, must pay $450M  —  Apple Rejected by U.S. Supreme Court in $450 Million E-Book Case  —  Apple Inc. must pay $450 million to end an antitrust suit after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to question a finding that the company orchestrated …
Mike Minotti / VentureBeat:
Microsoft cancels Fable Legends, proposes closing Lionhead Studios, closes Press Play Studios  —  Microsoft cancels Fable Legends and proposes closing Lionhead Studios (update)  —  Microsoft has delivered some unexpected bad news today.  —  The game publisher and hardware maker announced today …
Jason Fried / Signal v. Noise:
Basecamp CEO rails against the “distraction, anxiety, stress” of communicating primarily via group chat amid ongoing enthusiam for Slack by users and investors  —  Is group chat making you sweat?  —  Group chat is like being in an all-day meeting with random participants and no agenda.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
You can now use Skype from OneDrive and Office Online  —  Skype announced today further integrations into Microsoft's suite of online tools, with news that access to the communications app is now available while working in Office Online and OneDrive.  This is an expansion of the earlier announcementfrom …
Re/code:
Sources: Snapchat is targeting $300M to $350M in revenue in 2016, compared to $50M in revenue Snapchat projected last year  —  Snapchat Thinks It Will Generate at Least $300 Million in Revenue This Year  —  Investors are buying into Snapchat's massive $16 billion valuation because its business is growing significantly.

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