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February 25, 2016, 9:05 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Alphabet, Facebook, Microsoft, and at least one more tech firm to file joint amicus brief supporting Apple; Twitter to also back Apple in FBI fight  —  Tech Companies to Unite in Support of Apple  —  Google, Facebook and Microsoft among the companies that will back Apple in its iPhone fight with the U.S. government
The Seattle Times:
Microsoft President Brad Smith says the company “wholeheartedly” supports Apple in FBI case, will file amicus brief next week  —  Microsoft takes Apple's side in iPhone dispute with FBI  —  Microsoft is “wholeheartedly” siding with Apple in its battle with the FBI over unlocking a terrorist's iPhone.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
New York Times:
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple to launch 9.7-inch iPad Pro, not Air 3; Smart Keyboard & Apple Pencil support likely  —  Apple will further differentiate the next-generation 9.7-inch iPad from its predecessor by making it part of the new iPad Pro line, according to sources.  Much like the MacBook Pro comes in 13-inch …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft cancels Project Astoria for porting Android apps to Windows 10, still working on tools for porting iOS and Win32 apps  —  Microsoft: Our Android Windows 10 bridge is dead, but iOS, Win32 ones moving ahead  —  Microsoft's iOS bridge will be the only Microsoft toolkit …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Officially Launches Canvas Ads That Load Full-Screen Rich Media Pages In-App  —  Instant Articles, meet Instant Ads.  Facebook wants to give advertisers an immersive way to reach people without making them leave the social network.  So today it officially launched its ad Canvas for all advertisers.
Kristen V. Brown / Fusion:
Airbnb admits it removed roughly 1,500 NYC listings controlled by commercial operators before releasing data to regulators  —  Airbnb admits that it purged 1,500 unflattering New York listings right before data release  —  In a pair of letters sent to state legislators and Airbnb users in New York …
Jim Acosta / CNN:
Apple, Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, and MTV executives offered advice on how to combat ISIS online in a meeting at the Justice Department on Wednesday  —  First on CNN: Government enlists tech giants to fight ISIS messaging  —  Apple CEO: Complying with FBI a ‘dangerous precedent’
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Lila Tretikov resigns amid concerns foundation wasn't transparent about plans for a search engine  —  Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Resigns Amid a Community Revolt  —  Many Wikipedia editors finally got what they wanted Thursday.
Amanda Conway / YouTube Creator Blog:
YouTube launches tool that allows creators to blur any moving object in their videos  —  Blur moving objects in your video with the new Custom blurring tool on YouTube  —  In 2012, we launched the ability for creators to blur all faces in their video as a first step toward providing visual anonymity tools on YouTube.
Megumi Fujikawa / Wall Street Journal:
Toshiba scraps Wearvue TG-01 smart glasses a week before launch  —  Toshiba Scraps Wearable Device a Week Before Launch  —  Now you see it, now you don't.  Toshiba Corp. has scrapped the sale of a glasses-type wearable device just six weeks after announcing it, and a week before the products were scheduled for shipment.
Wall Street Journal:
Sharp accepts Foxconn's takeover offer, but Foxconn says it won't yet sign deal, sources say due to about $3B in previously undisclosed contingent liabilities  —  Foxconn's Deal for Sharp Now in Question  —  Taiwanese assembler of iPhones said it is delaying the signing of takeover agreement

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