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March 18, 2016, 4:10 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
9.7-inch iPad Pro to start at higher $599 price, come in 32 GB & 128 GB capacities  —  With the iPad Pro name and features, the new 9.7-inch iPad will be Apple's first to come with a starting price higher than $499.  The smaller iPad Pro will start at $599 and include 32 GB of storage, according to sources.
Patrick Klepek / Kotaku:
Sources: Sony is working on a “PlayStation 4.5” with upgraded GPU for 4K resolution and better VR game support  —  Sources: Sony Is Working On A ‘PlayStation 4.5’  —  Sony is currently planning a new version of the PS4 with increased graphical power and games running at 4K resolution, developer sources tell Kotaku.
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
PlayStation VR will cost $500 with Camera and Move controllers, which are required for positional tracking and many games; preorders start on March 22  —  PlayStation VR's true cost: $500 when bundled with needed accessories  —  All in.  —  When Sony finally announced a $400 price tag …
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
Mark Zuckerberg mocked for “trying too hard” on Chinese social media after hazardous “smog jog” through Tiananmen Square without a face mask  —  With ‘Smog Jog’ Through Beijing, Zuckerberg Stirs Debate on Air Pollution  —  A morning run can be the perfect way to overcome jet lag …
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 …
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 …
Kris Graft / Gamasutra:
Interview with Palmer Luckey ahead of Oculus VR launch day on his day-to-day involvement, VR's future, more  —  Now's the time to get into VR - but be realistic about its returns, says Palmer Luckey  —  A lot can happen in five years, especially in a tech field as fast-moving as virtual reality.
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Evernote's founding CTO Dave Engberg is leaving in May; CEO announces new heads of product, marketing, brand, design and China  —  Evernote's founding CTO Dave Engberg is leaving in May; new wave of execs announced  —  We've been documenting Evernote's decline in the last several months …
Jennifer Van Grove / The San Diego Union-Tribune:
Uber to launch Passport cross-border service for one-way rides from San Diego to the northern Baja California region in Mexico  —  Crossing borders: Uber takes San Diego riders to Mexico  —  Company cruises through busiest U.S. border, but only goes one way.
Stack Overflow:
Stack Overflow Developer Survey 2016: Mac OS overtakes Linux as primary OS, JavaScript most popular language even for back-end developers  —  Developer Survey Results 2016  —  This year, over fifty thousand developers shared where they work, what they build, and who they are.

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