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April 9, 2016, 10:15 AM

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Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Security experts say Burr-Feinstein draft encryption bill is flawed and dangerous  —  The Senate's Draft Encryption Bill Is ‘Ludicrous, Dangerous, Technically Illiterate’  —  As Apple battled the FBI for the last two months over the agency's demands that Apple help crack its own encryption …
John Everington / The National:
John Chen says BlackBerry will release two mid-range Android smartphones this year, one of them with physical keyboard, admits Priv was too expensive  —  BlackBerry switches focus back on mid-range smartphone market  —  BlackBerry has switched its focus back to the mid-range smartphone market …
Jamal Eason / Android Developers Blog:
Google releases stable version of Android Studio 2.0, which includes Instant Run, new emulator, Cloud Test Lab integration, and more  —  Android Studio 2.0  —  Android Studio 2.0 is the fastest way to build high quality, performant apps for the Android platform, including phones and tablets …
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:
In a letter to the court, DoJ says it still needs Apple's help to crack iPhone in Brooklyn case  —  The government still wants Apple to help it crack an iPhone in New York  —  Although the Justice Department withdrew its request for Apple to help it hack into an iPhone used …
Tim Peterson / Marketing Land:
Facebook updates policy to let publishers post and tag paid-for content on verified pages  —  Facebook drops branded content restrictions for publishers  —  Facebook is letting publishers and other verified pages distribute branded-content for free, but it's unclear whether its labeling system is...
Barry Abrahamson / WordPress.com News:
WordPress.com enables HTTPS with Let's Encrypt for new hosted sites with custom domains, will soon expand support to 1M+ sites currently using custom domains  —  HTTPS Everywhere: Encryption for All WordPress.com Sites  —  Today we are excited to announce free HTTPS for all custom domains hosted on WordPress.com.
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:
BMW leads $11.7M Series A in RideCell, launches car-sharing service ReachNow in Seattle in partnership with the startup  —  BMW just jumped into the U.S. car-sharing biz, with the help of YC alum RideCell  —  BMW just launched a new car-sharing service called ReachNow that will enable Seattle residents …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Yahoo Gives Bidders Another Week, Moving Deadline to April 18  —  Yahoo has moved the deadline for its bids out another week to April 18, according to sources close to the situation and the blabby bankers they talk to.  —  The process to sell Yahoo has been churning on as a variety …
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Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
How tech companies are using poets, novelists, playwrights, and TV writers to engineer the personalities of AI virtual assistants  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Until recently, Robyn Ewing was a writer in Hollywood, developing TV scripts and pitching pilots to film studios.
Sean Lyngaas / Federal Computer Week:
White House proposes legislation to create $3.1B revolving fund for upgrading outdated federal IT systems  —  White House offers details on $3.1B IT modernization plan  —  The White House has proposed legislation to create a $3.1 billion revolving fund for upgrading outdated federal IT systems.
Hannah Miller / GroupLens:
Researchers show how variations in the way the same face emoji is depicted on different platforms can lead to miscommunication  —  Investigating the Potential for Miscommunication Using Emoji  —  Hey emoji users: Did you know that when you send your friend on your Nexus, they might see on their iPhone?
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