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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 …
Reuters:
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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Microsoft:
Hack for Humanity do-gooders bring world of help to refugees  —  Microsoft project answers Hack for Good challenge; participants use skills in marketing, data science and more to help SCM Medical Missions better manage its humanitarian efforts with refugees.
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Zoho:
Introducing Zoho CRM Mobile Add-On for Google Sheets.  —  It is not uncommon that small and medium businesses use Google Sheets to store and maintain customer information, until they come to realize the need for a CRM system to keep up with their growth.
Brookings Institution:
Why Pokemon Go's technology is no fad  —  Pokemon Go has ignited the digital world.  Every news organization has reported on why Pokemon Go, the smartphone app based on the Japanese cartoon game from the 1990s, is extraordinarily popular.
 

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