March 18, 2016, 1:40 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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Report: Uber placed a long-term order for at least 100K Mercedes S-Class cars with Daimler  —  Daimler receives huge order from Uber: Manager Magazin  —  Ride-hailing service Uber [UBER.UL] has placed a large order for cars with Germany's Daimler (DAIGn.DE), Manager Magazin reported on Friday.
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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 …
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Erroneously unredacted court document confirms Edward Snowden was the target in Lavabit case  —  A Government Error Just Revealed Snowden Was the Target in the Lavabit Case  —  It's been one of the worst-kept secrets for years: the identity of the person the government was investigating …
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.
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).

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