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March 15, 2016, 10:45 PM

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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Instagram to begin testing an algorithm-based personalized feed for users, moving away from reverse chronological order  —  Instagram May Change Your Feed, Personalizing It With an Algorithm  —  For years, we have been trained to view web postings from our friends in a certain order.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
PlayStation VR headset to arrive in October for $399, less than Oculus Rift at $599 and HTC Vive at $799, but excludes camera required for gameplay  —  PlayStation VR Will Arrive in October for $399  —  Sony took to the stage today during GDC 2016 in SF to show off the consumer-ready version of its PlayStation VR headset.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Google says 75% of web requests to its non-YouTube sites are now encrypted, up from about 50% two years ago  —  Google is giving itself an encryption report card  —  Today, Google added a new section to its transparency report, giving users a running tally of how many Google requests use HTTPS encryption.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Google Maps goes beyond Uber, adds Ola, Hailo and more car services to its app  —  Google reportedly is working on building its own Uber competitor, and while some believe this will come in the form of a fleet of autonomous cars, there is a more immediate option for how Google can position itself …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Meal delivery service SpoonRocket, which has raised $13.5M to date, shuts down after failing to raise new financing  —  SpoonRocket shuts down amongst on-demand apocalypse  —  SpoonRocketinformed its investors it's shutting down its on-demand pre-made meal delivery service after failing …
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:
Apple asks court to guard civil liberties in final filing ahead of March 22 San Bernardino iPhone court case  —  Apple just filed its final response before it meets the FBI in court  —  Apple will face the FBI in federal court in California on March 22 to address whether it needs to help …
Samantha Murphy Kelly / Mashable:
Fossil launches two $275 Android Wear smartwatches and other connected wearables as it expands its Q line and aims for 100 new “connected devices” in 2016  —  Fossil launches 7 new fashion-forward smartwatches, trackers  —  Fossil Group is hard at work delivering its tall-order promise …
Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
Apple News now lets publishers of all sizes edit and deliver their stories in the Apple News format, improves statistics dashboard, and launches ad campaign  —  Apple Just Opened Up Its News App In a Big Way  —  Apple will now let individuals and independent publishers deliver content through its native news platform.
Ashley Cullins / Hollywood Reporter:
Ryan Collins charged with hacking iCloud, Gmail accounts of celebrities, admits to phishing, but prosecutors find no evidence that he shared images  —  Hacker Admits to Stealing Celebrity Nude Photos, Takes Plea Deal  —  Prosecutors estimate Ryan Collins, 36, accessed at least 50 iCloud accounts …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google puts presidential campaign finance information and more directly in search  —  Just in time for “Mega Tuesday,” Google has rolled out new features to Google Search that will allow you to better track the primaries and learn more about the candidates.  One new addition provides easy …

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