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March 8, 2016, 8:30 AM

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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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook officially rolls out material design for Messenger on Android today  —  Facebook gives Messenger a Material Design makeover on Android  —  Confirming reports from earlier this year, which spoke of a forthcoming revamp of the Facebook Messenger application for Android devices …
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 …
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 …
Michael Martinez / Detroit News:
Toyota developing BLAID, a device for the blind worn on shoulders and using cameras, speakers, and vibration, communicates information about surroundings  —  Toyota creates device to help blind people move around  —  Toyota Motor Co. has created a wearable device that can help blind people safely move around.

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