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March 15, 2016, 4:15 AM

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Tom Phillips / Eurogamer.net:
Microsoft announces support for cross-network play, paving the way for Xbox owners to play games with anyone on PC or PlayStation  —  Microsoft to let Xbox One games connect with PC and other console networks  —  Issues “open invitation” for Cross-Network Play, starting with Rocket League.
Cade Metz / Wired:
How Dropbox moved 90% of its files from Amazon's S3 to data centers designed by its own engineers over two-and-a-half years  —  The Epic Story of Dropbox's Exodus From the Amazon Cloud Empire  —  If you're one of 500 million people who use Dropbox, it's just a folder on your computer desktop …
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 …
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 …
Jake Smith / ZDNet:
Verizon launches yearly upgrade program for Galaxy S7, S7 Edge  —  After launching a similar program for the iPhone last year, Verizon has announced a Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge upgrade program.  —  Verizon has announced a new program that will allow customers to upgrade to the latest Galaxy smartphone each year.
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 …
John Ribeiro / PCWorld:
Microsoft's AIX, an AI platform atop of Minecraft used for testing AI projects, to be open sourced this summer  —  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 …
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 …
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
GM, Lyft announce Express Drive, a short-term car rental program for Lyft drivers, going live in Chicago first  —  Lyft and GM partner on Express Drive, a rental service that paves the way for autonomous cars  —  Two months after General Motors announced a $500 million investment …

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