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March 10, 2016, 2:55 PM

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Steve Kovach / Tech Insider:
Apple invites media to event on March 21 at 10AM PT at its Cupertino campus, where it's expected to announce iPhone SE and a new iPad  —  Apple sends out invitations for a new iPhone event on March 21  —  Apple sent out invitations for an event on March 21 where it's expected to announce a new iPhone called the iPhone SE.
Krystian Kolondra / Opera Desktop:
Opera introduces native ad-blocking feature to its browser, claims it is about 45% faster than Chrome with AdBlock Plus extension  —  Introducing native ad-blocking feature for faster browsing  —  If there were no bloated ads, some top websites would load up to 90% faster.
Brent Lang / Variety:
Sources: The Screening Room, backed by Sean Parker, pitches film industry on service that would offer $50 home movie rentals on theatrical release day  —  Studios, Exhibitors Consider Revolutionary Plan for Day-and-Date Movies at Home (EXCLUSIVE)  —  Tech moguls Sean Parker …
Nicholas Deleon / Motherboard:
MIT researchers develop Polaris, a software framework that they say can make web pages load up to 34% faster  —  MIT May Have Just Given the Web a Huge Speed Boost  —  An open source tool may help tame the hobbled mess of autoplaying videos and advertising trackers that is the modern web.
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Sonos announces layoffs, greater focus on voice technology and paid streaming music services  —  Sonos has announced that it will be “letting go of some employees,”; part of reshaping the company in a new direction.  In an (admittedly vague) blog post, CEO John Macfarlane doesn't say exactly …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Nest launches family accounts and Home/Away feature that will use phones' locations to tell when house is empty  —  Nest can now use your phone to tell when you've left the house  —  Nest's products are about to get better at telling when you're out of the house and when you're about to come back home.
Tom Wheeler / The Huffington Post:
FCC chairman Tom Wheeler proposes rules that would force ISPs to ask your permission before sharing personal data with some outside parties  —  It's Your Data: Empowering Consumers to Protect Online Privacy  —  It's the age of anywhere, anytime Internet connectivity — do you know where your information is?
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
On-demand massage service Soothe raises $35M from Riverside Company  —  Soothe raises $35M to bring you massages on demand  —  The massage industry is getting a rubdown.  Soothe has raised $35 million to bring on-demand massages to the masses.  —  It's one more example of how an on-demand app service …

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