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March 20, 2016, 11:40 AM

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Andy Greenberg / Wired:
FBI, Department of Transportation, and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warn drivers about threat of over-the-internet attacks on cars  —  The FBI Warns That Car Hacking Is a Real Risk  —  It's been eight months since a pair of security researchers proved beyond any doubt …
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.
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Motorola Head Rick Osterloh Leaving Lenovo Amid Reorganization  —  Motorola President Rick Osterloh is leaving Lenovo amid a broad reorganization that will see the company shuffle around various business units and executives.  —  As part of the reorganization, announced Friday …
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 …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Nextbit Cancels Verizon and Sprint Versions of Its Smartphone  —  When startup Nextbit announced plans for its smartphone, the Robin, the company planned to offer it only on GSM networks such as T-Mobile and AT&T. But with preorders topping expectations, the company opted to do a second version …
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 Tamburro / CraveOnline:
Microsoft had scantily clad dancers dressed as “schoolgirls” at GDC party; Xbox chief Phil Spencer issues an apology  —  Microsoft Actually Had “Erotic Schoolgirl” Dancers at its GDC Party  —  Microsoft staged a “boys only club” party and are being called out for their unprofessionalism.
Gordon Mah Ung / PCWorld:
Intel's new Skull Canyon NUC gaming mini-PC supports external Thunderbolt 3 graphics cards, ships in May starting at $650  —  Hands-on with Intel's Skull Canyon NUC, the most powerful game-ready mini-PC  —  What the heck!  An Intel NUC that can play Just Cause 2 at 1080p resolution?!

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