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March 31, 2015, 3:00 PM

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's new Atom-based Surface 3, starting at $499, to hit in May  —  Summary:Microsoft's coming Surface 3, an Intel Atom x7-based Surface, is the new little sister to the Surface Pro 3.  —  Microsoft is adding a new Surface tablet to its line-up — one aimed at students …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft's Surface 3 is a $499 tablet that could be a full Windows laptop  —  Microsoft is back with a brand new Surface 3 tablet, but this time things are a little different.  While the original Surface RT and Surface 2 tablets didn't let you run traditional Windows applications …
Samuel Gibbs / Guardian:
Belgian data regulator finds Facebook tracks logged out, explicitly opted out, and unregistered users, thus breaching EU privacy law  —  Facebook ‘tracks all visitors, breaching EU law’  —  Exclusive: Social network even sets a new cookie to track untracked EU users who have explicitly opted out of tracking, report says
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Google announces an Asus-made Chrome OS HDMI stick called Chromebit for less than $100 and new ARM Chromebook laptops starting at $149  —  Google pushes Chrome OS software, with or without Chromebooks  —  Google announces new Chromebook laptops and an intriguing new device called the Chromebit …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Amazon's new Dash Button hardware offers instant orders for staple products; Prime members can request an invite to get the hardware for free  —  Amazon's New Dash Button Hardware Offers Instant Orders For Staple Products  —  Amazon has new hardware called the Dash Button that allows …
Abhimanyu Ghoshal / The Next Web:
WhatsApp for Android now allows all users to make voice calls, iOS coming soon  —  If you've been wondering when, oh when, someone will ring you via WhatsApp so you'll get its new voice calling feature, you won't have to sit by the phone any longer.  —  Updating to WhatsApp version 2.12.5 via Google Play does the trick.
Erin Griffith / Fortune:
Sprinklr raises $46 million to become latest billion-dollar unicorn  —  Sprinklr, a New York-based marketing startup, has raised $46 million in new funding from existing investors Intel Capital, Battery Ventures and Iconiq Capital.  The round, which brings Sprinklr's total funding to $123.5 million …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Galaxy S6 review: with solid build quality, impressive specs, useful fingerprint sensor, and gorgeous 5.1 inch 2560 x 1440 display, it's Samsung at its best  —  Samsung Galaxy S6 review  —  It's not ok to make a cheap-looking phone anymore.  —  Now that Apple is finally making big phones …
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Andreessen Horowitz invests another $52M in security startup Tanium at a $1.75B valuation, bringing the total invested by the VC firm to $142M  —  Andreessen Horowitz Invests Another $52 Million in Tanium at $1.75 Billion Valuation  —  Security and systems management startup Tanium said today …
Bob Lefsetz / The Lefsetz Letter:
Tidal is dead on arrival because listeners are cheap, it lacks a critical mass of both users and musicians, and the market is crowded  —  Tidal  —  Now let me get this straight...piracy can be eradicated if artists just band together in the name of money?  That's what this is all about, cash.
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Jeremy Hodges / Bloomberg Business:
HP Sues Autonomy Co-Founder Lynch in U.K. for $5.1 Billion  —  (Bloomberg) — Hewlett-Packard Co. escalated its more than two-year-old battle with Michael Lynch, suing the Autonomy Corp. co-founder, as well as a former chief financial officer, for $5.1 billion.
Kim Zetter / Wired:
US Used Zero-Day Exploits Before It Had Policies for Them  —  Around the same time the US and Israel were already developing and unleashing Stuxnet on computers in Iran, using five zero-day exploits to get the digital weapon onto machines there, the government realized it needed a policy …
Lizette Chapman / Wall Street Journal:
Raptr Launches Instagram for Gamers, Raises $14 Million to Expand Service … Raptr Inc. has 46 million gamers using its technology to optimize graphics and processing speeds on their PCs.  It has partnerships with Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. to ensure its software leverages the newest chip technologies.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google announces new advertising options for Android app developers aimed at increasing installs, including the mobile Google Display Network  —  Google Expands Advertising Options For Mobile Developers Designed To Increase Installs  —  Google announced this morning a range of new advertising options …
J.J. McCorvey / Fast Company:
How Drew Houston ensures that Dropbox keeps thriving while competing with Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Tencent  —  Dropbox versus the world  —  The new tech war is a battle to own your digital data.  Dropbox's 32-year-old CEO thinks he can thwart the world's most formidable titans.

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