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March 18, 2016, 9:00 AM

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New York Times:
Some key Apple engineers tell NYT they would refuse to undermine iPhone security to help the FBI, or even quit  —  Apple Encryption Engineers, if Ordered to Unlock iPhone, Might Resist  — If the F.B.I. wins its court fight to force Apple's help in unlocking an iPhone …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft releases first Edge extensions preview in newest Windows 10 test build  —  Microsoft's new Redstone build 14291, available to Fast Ring PC and Mobile testers today, includes the first preview of extensions for Microsoft's Edge browser.  —  One of the features most eagerly awaited …
Bloomberg Business:
Sources: Alphabet puts Boston Dynamics robotics unit up for sale because it is unlikely to produce marketable product in next few years  —  Google Puts Boston Dynamics Up for Sale in Robotics Retreat  —  Alphabet executives questioned path to marketable products  —  Toyota, Amazon are among possible acquirers of division
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Spotify and National Music Publishing Association reach settlement over unpaid mechanical rights royalties, sources say the payout pool is between $21M and $30M  —  Spotify Reaches Settlement With Publishers in Licensing Dispute  —  Spotify will pay more than $20 million to music publishers …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Nintendo's first smartphone app, a social game called Miitomo, launches in Japan  —  As promised last fall, Nintendo has launched its first mobile smartphone application - but it's not a new Mario game, and the app is for now only available in Japan for the time being.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
FOIA request shows NSA refused to give Hillary Clinton a modified BlackBerry like Obama's, so she used her own even though her staff knew the security risks  —  NSA refused Clinton a secure BlackBerry like Obama, so she used her own  —  Condaleeza Rice had one, but NSA balked at bulk support State wanted, docs show.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter to stop supporting standalone TweetDeck app for Windows on April 15, automates logins for TweetDeck web users  —  Twitter kills TweetDeck for Windows, automates log-ins for TweetDeck users  —  Twitter today rolled out a change that will make it easier for users who switch between …
Andrew Flanagan / Billboard:
Kickstarter acquires its first company, Drip, a music streaming service and fan community for independent labels  —  Kickstarter Saves ‘Future Fan Club’ Drip on the Eve of Its Closure, Marking Its First Acquisition  —  EMAIL ME  —  In an email to Billboard from late January …
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Adobe sees ‘record’ $1.38B revenue in Q1, adds 798K paying Creative Cloud subscribers  —  Today Adobe reported its first quarter earnings for 2016, yet again revealing “record” quarterly revenue.  This time the company raked in revenues of $1.38 billion and $0.66 earnings per share (non-GAAP).
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube and Google Play agree to join T-Mobile's Binge On Program, following criticism of video throttling  —  YouTube and Google Play Movies & TV will now participate in T-Mobile's “Binge On” program, which offers cellular subscribers the ability to watch a variety of services without those streams counting against users' data plans.

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