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March 29, 2016, 11:40 PM

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John Shriver-Blake / Google Fiber Blog:
Google announces Fiber Phone, a $10/month Google Voice-like home telephone service with unlimited local and nationwide calling, coming to Fiber cities  —  Introducing Fiber Phone  —  Whether it's calling mom or ordering take-out, we rely on our phones to help reach the people and things that matter.
Instagram Blog:
Instagram increases video length limit for users from 15 seconds up to 60 seconds  —  Coming Soon: Longer Video on Instagram … We want to bring you fun, flexible and creative ways to create and watch video on Instagram.  As part of our continued commitment, you'll soon have the flexibility …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Spotify raises $1B in convertible debt, led by TPG and Dragoneer  —  Spotify Raises $1 Billion in Debt Financing  —  TPG and Dragoneer Investment Group lead the Spotify debt deal  —  Music-streaming site Spotify AB has raised $1 billion in convertible debt from investors …
Greg Duffy:
Dropcam founder Greg Duffy defends his former team after slight by Tony Fadell, assails Fadell's management style and accomplishments  —  The Dropcam Team  —  You may have seen Reed Albergotti's recent article.  In it, Tony Fadell says “a lot of the employees were not as good as we hoped …
Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica:
Acer launches 14-inch Chromebook with an all-aluminum chassis and 12 hours of battery life for $299.99  —  Acer's new, premium Chromebook offers up to 14 hours of battery life  —  Acer's first all-aluminum Chrome OS notebook features a 14-inch IPS display.
Todd Kloots / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter now lets users add descriptive text to images in its mobile apps to improve accessibility  —  Accessible images for everyone  —  Photos have been at the center of some of the biggest moments on Twitter.  As a core part of the Twitter experience, it's important that images shared …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snapchat's “Chat 2.0” update adds auto-advancing stories, stickers, video/audio notes and calls, and more  —  Snapchat seamlessly combines video, audio, GIFs, stickers in “Chat 2.0”  —  Say what you want, how you want.  That's how Snapchat's reps say CEO Evan Spiegel describes Chat 2.0 …
Dan Rys / Billboard:
Tidal claims 3M paying global subs, with 1.35M on the hi-fidelity $20/month tier, and Kanye West's last album surpassed 250M streams within 10 days of debut  —  Tidal Claims Three Million Global Subscribers, Finally Releases Kanye's ‘Pablo’ Stream Numbers  —  EMAIL ME
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
SoundCloud launches SoundCloud Go music subscription service for $9.99/month in US  —  It's Go time for SoundCloud: $9.99 tier aims to rival Spotify with millions of premium music tracks  —  SoundCloud is often billed as the “YouTube for audio” because of its huge trove of user-generated music …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple acknowledges iOS 9 crashing bugs when tapping links, fix coming ‘soon’ with a software update  —  Since posting our original story, we have heard from a lot of readers that are affected by iOS 9 crashes or app hangs when tapping links, spanning multiple iOS versions (not just 9.3) and devices.

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