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March 9, 2016, 7:05 PM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
The Android N developer preview with split-screen multitasking, bundled notifications, improved Doze for better battery, more, available today as an OTA update  —  The Android N developer preview with split-screen multitasking is available today  —  Well, this was unexpected.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Google discounts Pixel C tablets by 25% for limited time but leaves keyboard at full price, following Android N developer release, promo only applies in US  —  Google is selling the Pixel C for $375 to anyone who says they're a developer  —  Google is offering a big discount on its Pixel C tablet …
Alex Heath / Tech Insider:
Facebook buys popular selfie filter app Masquerade, will keep it operational as a stand-alone app, integrate its technology  —  Facebook just bought the popular face swapping app that's dominating the App Store right now  —  Get ready to see more silly selfies.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Google's DeepMind has defeated Go champion Lee Se-dol in first of five matches, a historic victory for AI  —  Google's DeepMind defeats legendary Go player Lee Se-dol in historic victory  —  A huge milestone has just been reached in the field of artificial intelligence: AlphaGo …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google joins Open Compute Project, which Facebook founded five years ago to help open source IT infrastructure hardware  —  Google joins the Open Compute Project  —  Google today announced that it is joining the Open Compute Project (OCP), a five-year-old project founded by Facebook …
Globes Online:
Replay Technologies acquired by Intel, sources say for $175M, one week after the multi-dimensional video tech startup raised $13.5M  —  Intel acquires Israeli co Replay Technologies for $175m  —  The Tel Aviv based startup has developed multi-dimensional video imaging technologies for sports TV coverage.
Daniel Kahn Gillmor / American Civil Liberties Union:
How the FBI can bypass auto-erasing without Apple's help by backing up part of the shooter's iPhone  —  One of the FBI's Major Claims in the iPhone Case Is Fraudulent  —  Does the FBI need to worry about the San Bernardino Shooter's iPhone self-erasing?  —  “We have enormous computing power …
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
The White House launches The Opportunity Project, opening local and federal datasets of nine cities including New York and San Francisco to developers  —  The White House Wants You to Build Tools to Improve Our Cities  —  A whole lot of valuable information is trapped in the antiquated databases …
Sonam Joshi / Mashable:
Facebook Lite data-efficient Android app passes 100M MAUs in 9 months, plans to add background video downloads, after adding low-res streaming last year  —  Facebook Lite is growing faster than Facebook app  —  Facebook Lite, the stripped-down version of the social networking app that was launched in 2015 …

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