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March 31, 2016, 2:15 PM

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft integrates Xamarin into Visual Studio for free, will open source Xamarin runtime  —  Microsoft today announced that Xamarin is now available for free for every Visual Studio user.  This includes all editions of Visual Studio, including the free Visual Studio Community Edition …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft releases HoloLens emulator for developers to build and test AR apps  —  Microsoft launches HoloLens emulator so developers can test holographic apps, no headset required  —  As promised, Microsoft today started shipping its $3,000 HoloLens development kits.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon expands Dash Button line-up, top sellers to date include Tide, Bounty, Cottonelle  —  Amazon this morning announced an expansion of its Dash Buttons product line - those Wi-Fi connected, push-button devicesthat let you buy products from its site with just a press.
Los Angeles Times:
FBI agrees to help prosecutors unlock iPhone 6 and iPod in Arkansas homicide case  —  FBI agrees to help Arkansas prosecutors open iPhone after hack of San Bernardino device  —  Apple appears to have gained a momentary reprieve in the tech industry's sparring with the government over encryption technology.
Chipworks:
iPhone SE teardown reveals mix of 5s, 6, and 6s parts, including processor, memory, NFC chip, axis sensor, modem, Audio ICs, few new innovative components  —  Apple iPhone SE Teardown  —  The long-rumored, cost-friendly iPhone SE was finally announced on March 21st of this year.
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
CloudFlare: 94 percent of the Tor traffic we see is “per se malicious”  —  Legitimate users suffer as Tor becomes favored tool of spammers and fraudsters.  —  More than ever, websites are blocking users of the anonymizing Tor network or degrading the services they receive.
More: CloudFlare
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
Roadmap shown in Build presentation reveals Microsoft is building ad blocker into next version of Edge browser  —  Microsoft plans to build ad blocker into its Microsoft Edge browser  —  Who needs extensions like AdBlock Plus?  In a session for Web developers today, Microsoft revealed …
Mark Bergen / Re/code:
Sources: Nest generated about $340M in sales last year, below Google's expectations, is facing scrutiny as $500M annual operating budget set to expire this year  —  With $340 million in revenue, Nest is underperforming, and its future at Google is at risk  —  Nest generated about $340 million …
iFixit:
Consumer-ready Oculus Rift teardown: two OLED displays with a combined resolution of 2160x1200 mounted to adjustable lenses, 90 FPS refresh rate  —  Oculus Rift CV1 Teardown  —  We've had two prerelease versions on our teardown table, so we're excited to see what tweaks this Rift has in store.

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