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February 25, 2016, 6:35 PM

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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:
Apple Files Motion To Dismiss The Court Order To Force It To Unlock iPhone, Citing Free Speech Rights  —  In a discussion with Apple executives today, TechCrunch was informed that Apple had filed a Motion to Vacate in the case of the FBI compelling Apple to assist in unlocking an iPhone belonging to Syed Farook.
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 …
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
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.
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’
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 …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
IDC: Wearables grew 172% in 2015 to 78.1M units, Fitbit shipments up 93.2% to 21M, Apple shipped 11.6M Watches  —  Apple shipped 11.6 million Apple Watches last year, says IDC  —  In its first nine months selling wearables, Apple has shipped an estimated 11.6 million Apple Watches …

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