March 10, 2016, 9:45 AM

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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.
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 …
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 …
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:
Oculus to roll out social features and games to Samsung Gear VR on Thursday, will add personalized Facebook content to 360 videos next week  —  Join Friends in VR with New Oculus Social Features  —  Now you can experience games, videos, and more with friends in VR!
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 …
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.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Ola, Indian rival of Uber which has raised $1.4B from investors, ends its food and grocery ordering experiments one year after launch  —  India's Ola shutters its on-demand food and grocery ordering services  —  Ola, the homegrown company rivaling Uber in India, has closed its food …

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