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March 16, 2015, 3:50 PM

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Facebook:
Explaining Our Community Standards and Approach to Government Requests  —  By Monika Bickert, Head of Global Policy Management, and Chris Sonderby, Deputy General Counsel  —  Every day, people around the world use Facebook to connect with family and friends, share information and express themselves.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple will offer Android switchers gift cards to trade-in rival smartphones for iPhones  —  Apple is preparing to launch another program to boost iPhone sales in its stores, a stated goal of CEO Tim Cook.  —  According to sources, Apple will soon introduce a new recycling and trade-in program …
Pew Internet:
Pew survey examines changes in American attitudes about online privacy post-Snowden  —  Americans' Privacy Strategies Post-Snowden  —  It has been nearly two years since the first disclosures of government surveillance programs by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden …
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Google is working on an open API to allow any app integrate with Google Now  —  A Google Now open API is in the works... and support for theme park ride queue times  —  Google Now will one day be able to work with information from all of the apps you use.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft launches Office 2016 preview for IT pros and developers, Skype for Business preview to replace Lync  —  Microsoft launches Office 2016 and Skype for Business previews  —  A leaked version of Office 2016 gave us an early look at a new colorful theme early today …
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Facebook to announce ad performance measurement tool on its own and third party apps next week  —  Mobile Ad World Braces for Facebook's Move Into Measurement  —  Facebook next week is expected to announce a tool to help mobile app developers measure whether an ad caused people to download an app …
Napier Lopez / The Next Web:
YouTube introduces interactive cards to complement annotations - and they work on mobile too  —  YouTube annotations - often useful uploader addendums, other times annoying distractions.  Today though, the video platform is announcing a new and improved tool: cards.
Erin Griffith / Fortune:
Bill Gurley amps up bubble talk, predicting “dead unicorns” this year and a Facebook revenue hit  —  Bill Gurley predicts ‘dead unicorns’ in startup-land this year  —  A crash would affect more than just startups.  Bill Gurley, the prominent investor behind Uber and Snapchat …
Jordan Pearson / Motherboard:
‘Sirius’ Is the Google-Backed Open Source Siri  —  Sirius, a Google-funded open source program similar to Apple's Siri or Google's Google Now voice recognition application, could finally democratize the virtual assistant.  —  RIght now, virtual assistants are a game for the big kids of the tech world …
Cliff Kuang / Wired:
Dyson invests $15M in Sakti3, solid-state battery startup claiming its batteries boast double the density of li-ion batteries  —  James Dyson on His Company's High-Powered, Portable Future  —  James Dyson is frank about the future of his company.  With $2.3 billion invested in hiring hundreds …

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Microsoft:
Making gaming accessible to all  —  Read the story behind the new Xbox Adaptive Controller, which will make gaming accessible to people with a broad range of disabilities.
eero:
CNET: eero Labs introduces a new innovation playground for networks.  —  eero is introducing eero Labs to give its customers a chance to try out new features on its mesh Wi-Fi system before they go mainstream.
IBM:
Multi-platinum music producer collaborates with AI and APIs  —  See how IBM partnered with Spotify to help Alex da Kid find the perfect match for his upcoming single.
Zoho:
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CB Insights:
How Google Plans To Use AI To Reinvent The $3 Trillion US Healthcare Industry  —  In this report we explore Google's many healthcare initiatives and areas of potential future expansion.

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