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March 8, 2016, 2:50 PM

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Walt Mossberg / The Verge:
Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge review: great build quality, design, and cameras, but software bloat and clumsy Edge settings undermine the experience  —  Mossberg: Samsung's new Galaxy S7 phones are beautiful  —  Welcome to Mossberg, a weekly commentary and reviews column on The Verge and Re/code …
Chris Hall / Pocket-lint:
Samsung Galaxy S7 review: snappy, good battery performance, refined design, has microSD slot, but TouchWiz is only slightly cleaner than older versions  —  Samsung Galaxy S7 review: The unsung hero?  —  Great camera experience, good battery performance, microSD slot, refined design and build (with waterproofing)
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Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Sources: Tim Cook, Larry Page, Sean Parker, Elon Musk, top Republicans and others meet secretly during AEI World Forum to discuss stopping Trump  —  At Secretive Meeting, Tech CEOs And Top Republicans Commiserate, Plot To Stop Trump  —  Karl Rove shared focus group findings that give hope to the GOP establishment.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Shorts, from the makers of Highlight, lets you swipe through camera roll photos to quickly share in bulk  —  Shorts is an insane social camera roll from the makers of Highlight  —  Even in an era when social networks are constantly pushing us to share more of ourselves, Paul Davison's projects stand out for their pushiness.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Microsoft joins the Eclipse foundation, open sources some of its plugins  —  The Eclipse Foundation, the organization that oversees development of the Eclipse development environment, has a new member: Microsoft announced Tuesday that it is joining so that it can more easily collaborate with the Eclipse community.
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Amazon launches its first live show, Style Code Live, a QVC-like web show  —  Amazon's first live show is QVC for the YouTube generation  —  Now that Amazon has its own private fashion labels, it's launching its its first ever live TV show called Style Code Live.
Brian Mastroianni / CBS News:
Peeple, a Yelp-like app that lets you recommend other people, launches on iOS; recommendations won't go live on users' profile without their permission  —  Peeple, the notorious “Yelp for people” app, arrives  —  It generated controversy and criticism when word of it first broke back in October …
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Mac ransomware downloaded about 6,500 times, Transmission rep says  —  The first known ransomware targeted at Apple Inc's Mac computers was only downloaded about 6,500 times, according to a representative for the Transmission project, whose software was used to launch the attack.
Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
In expected move, Justice Department asks federal judge to reverse Magistrate Orenstein's ruling in iPhone drug case  —  Justice Department Asks Judge to Review Pro-Apple Ruling in iPhone Case  —  Decision in New York was quickly cited in legal fight over unlocking San Bernardino shooter's phone
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Pinterest opens up its ads manager tools to smaller and medium-sized businesses  —  Pinterest today is releasing a set of new advertising management tools that were previously unavailable for smaller businesses as its portfolio of advertising products — and revenue potential — continues to grow.
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
Microsoft announces that its database software SQL Server will also run on Linux, expects 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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Following YouTube Red, video subscription service Vessel goes ad-free for paying subscribers  —  Vessel, the video subscription startup headed by former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar, announced this week that it's moving in a new direction in terms of the advertising displayed on its service.
Daniel Thomas / Financial Times:
SoftBank announces reorganization, will split its Japanese business from global operations by year end  —  SoftBank to split in two in bid to spur overseas growth  —  SoftBank will split its Japanese business from more volatile but potentially faster growth global operations that include stakes …
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Millennial news site Mic acquires Hyper, mobile app that aggregates video content into magazine format  —  Mic Acquires Mobile Video App Hyper  —  Millennial-focused Web publisher looks to curate top video content each day  —  Many digital media companies are focused on distributing content …

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