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March 17, 2016, 6:00 PM

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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
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.
TIME:
Q&A with Apple CEO Tim Cook on user privacy, US security, and Apple's fight with the FBI  —  Here's the Full Transcript of TIME's Interview With Apple CEO Tim Cook  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down with TIME's Nancy Gibbs and Lev Grossman on March 10 to discuss his company's rapidly escalating fight with the FBI over encryption.
Bloomberg Business:
Startup L. Jackson revealed to be Parker Thompson, a VC who works for AngelList  —  Unmasking Startup L. Jackson, Silicon Valley's Favorite Twitter Persona  —  The anonymous tech personality is a venture capitalist but not any of the ones people thought.  —  Startup L. Jackson didn't even say goodbye.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft starts rolling out Windows 10 Mobile to Windows Phone 8.1 devices  —  As we revealed yesterday, Microsoft today started rolling out Windows 10 Mobile to existing Windows Phone 8.1 devices.  Specifically, Microsoft is starting with the following 18 phones: Lumia 1520, 930, 640 …
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 …
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.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
ProtonMail's encrypted email service exits beta, adds iOS, Android apps  —  As Apple continues to battle the US Government's desire to work around the security of its mobile operating system, European encrypted email startup, ProtonMail, is choosing the latest skirmish in the crypto wars …
Luke Edwards / Pocket-lint:
Samsung developing Entrim 4D VR headphones that aim to offer a feeling of motion by stimulating ear nerves; tech should also reduce headaches and nausea  —  Samsung Entrim 4D VR uses nerve signals to make you feel you're really flying  —  While 2016 is the year of virtual reality Samsung …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Samsung's Galaxy TabPro S convertible Windows 10 tablet goes on sale March 18 for $899.99  —  Samsung's TabPro S will be available for $899.99 starting tomorrow  —  Samsung today announced that its TabPro S convertible tablet will be available for purchase starting tomorrow, March 18th.
Dave Tach / Polygon:
Microsoft's Xbox Live Tournament Platform will allow devs to create their own game tournaments powered by Xbox Live  —  New Xbox Live Tournaments Platform is for developers, players and esports leagues  —  The Xbox Live Tournaments Platform will allow developers to create …

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