March 10, 2016, 7:40 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.
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:
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 …
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!
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.
Adam Jourdan / Reuters:
Alibaba says it has signed a deal for a $3B five-year loan  —  China's Alibaba says agrees $3 billion five-year loan  —  China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N) on Thursday said it has signed a deal for a $3 billion five-year loan, which will help the e-commerce giant as it snaps up stakes in companies within China and overseas.

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New beta of Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit to speed deep learning advances  —  Updated version of open source toolkit will aid advances in areas such as speech and image recognition and search.
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How to handle the roller coaster ride of gathering insights and driving growth.  —  With the advent of the cloud and SaaS business models, small and medium-sized businesses can now leverage enterprise-grade technology without the enterprise-sized price tag.
The Case For Startups to Put CX at Their Core  —  Read why eero decided to prioritize and integrate its Customer Experience team - even before its launch
Uber is rewriting the mobile app playbook, yet again!  —  Uber's actions, which seem straight out of the Elon Musk ‘first-principles thinking’ playbook, will have wide repercussions across the entire mobile ecosystem.

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