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March 14, 2016, 5:45 PM

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Tom Phillips / Eurogamer.net:
Microsoft to let Xbox One games connect with PC and other console networks  —  Issues “open invitation” for Cross-Network Play, starting with Rocket League.  —  Microsoft has announced its support for Cross-Network Play, allowing Xbox owners to play games with anyone on PC or PlayStation.
John Ribeiro / PCWorld:
Microsoft will open-source AI development platform based on Minecraft  —  AIX uses the Minecraft gaming platform for testing new research  —  Microsoft has decided to open-source a platform used by its researchers to test artificial-intelligence projects.  —  The AIX platform …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google announces new services for Android game devs, including a recording API for livestreaming and a new ad type to let users trial games directly from search  —  Google launches new services for Android game developers  —  Google today announced a number of new services for game developers …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Skype for Web upgraded, now supports dialing mobile phones, landlines and more  —  Skype for Web, the browser-based version of Microsoft's popular communications software introduced last year, is getting a slew of new features that brings it more in line with its desktop and mobile counterparts …
Danny Yadron / Guardian:
Spurred on by Apple/FBI standoff, Facebook, Google, Snapchat plan to increase encryption of user data; WhatsApp plans to add encrypted voice calls within weeks  —  Facebook, Google and WhatsApp plan to increase encryption of user data  —  Spurred on by Apple's battles against the FBI …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Google loses anti-monopoly appeal in Russia over ‘obligatory’ pre-installation of Android apps  —  Google has been dealt a blow in its ongoing battle with European regulators — the Internet giant has lost its anti-monopoly appeal in Russia.  —  The Moscow Arbitration court has upheld …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Sony PlayStation Vue launches “Slim” TV bundles nationwide starting at $30 per month but without live broadcast channels in most markets  —  Sony PlayStation Vue Launches ‘Slim’ TV Bundles Nationwide Without Live Broadcast Channels  —  Packages priced $10 per month below ‘full’ TV service …
Cade Metz / Wired:
Behind Dropbox's transition from AWS to in-house infrastructure, which started a year ago, underwent 8 months of testing, and is now complete except for Europe  —  The Epic Story of Dropbox's Exodus From the Amazon Cloud Empire  —  If you're one of 500 million people who use Dropbox …
Husain Sumra / MacRumors:
Last Week Tonight's John Oliver weighs in on Apple's legal battle with the FBI, explains the importance of encryption  —  John Oliver Creates Apple Encryption Ad in ‘Last Week Tonight’ Segment on FBI Backdoor Request  —  Last Week Tonight host John Oliver tackled Apple and the FBI's duel …
John D. Stoll / Wall Street Journal:
Honda's $20,440 Civic LX now offers self-driving capability for highway use  —  A $20,000 Self-Driving Vehicle Hits the Road  —  As auto makers offer these option packages for as low as $1,800, they are being snapped up faster than electrified vehicles  —  The Obama administration …
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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Adobe launches public Mac preview of Experience Design CC, a new tool for UX designers  —  Adobe launches Experience Design CC, a new tool for UX designers  —  Adobe today launched the first public preview of its new Experience Design CC tool, which was previously known as Project Comet.

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