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March 12, 2016, 3:05 AM

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Justin Sink / Bloomberg Business:
At SXSW, President Obama advises tech industry to compromise on encryption now instead of waiting for Congress to act  —  Government Can't Let Smartphones Be ‘Black Boxes,’ Obama Says  —  Obama advises tech industry to compromise before Congress acts  —  President appears at South by Southwest as FBI sues Apple Inc.
Alex Hern / Guardian:
DOJ says it could make Apple turn over iOS source code and signature if it doesn't cooperate with court order, citing Lavabit case as precedent  —  FBI ‘could force Apple to hand over private key’  —  A legal filing implies that Department of Justice has a plan B, which involves demanding the company's electronic signature
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Fortune:
Source: General Motors will pay more than $1B for Cruise Automation, which raised just over $18M from investors including Spark and YC  —  GM Buying Self-Driving Tech Startup for More Than $1 Billion  —  General Motors GM this morning announced that it will acquire Cruise Automation …
Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:
GM buys self-driving car kit startup Cruise, plans to use tech to make driverless cars  —  General Motors (GM)announced today it plans to snap up Cruise Automation, a San Francisco-based startup making sensors that turn regular vehicles into ones that can drive themselves, for an undisclosed sum.
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Instacart cuts commissions for couriers by 50%, reduces fees per drop-off to $1.50 from $4 in SF, LA, and some other metro areas  —  Grocery-Delivery Startup Instacart Cuts Pay for Couriers  —  Instacart is the latest on-demand startup to try to contain costs in a tighter funding environment
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft launches tool to help Evernote users on Windows move their notes to OneNote  —  Microsoft launches OneNote importer tool for Evernote users  —  Microsoft today launched a OneNote importer tool that lets Evernote users bring their content to Microsoft's note-taking tool.
Amar Toor / The Verge:
AdBlock replaces ads with messages from anti-censorship activists through Saturday, in partnership with Amnesty International  —  Snowden, Pussy Riot, and Ai Weiwei launch AdBlock campaign to protest censorship  —  Ai Weiwei, Edward Snowden, and Pussy Riot have partnered with AdBlock …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Coming at Apple's March 21st event: 4-inch iPhone SE, 9.7-inch iPad Pro & new Apple Watch models  —  If Apple's most recent hardware events were about going bigger (larger iPhones, a jumbo iPad, and a new Apple TV), Apple's March 21st event is about going smaller.
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:
Michael Goguen, longtime partner at Sequoia Capital, is out after suit unrelated to firm alleging sexual and physical abuse  —  Longtime VC Michael Goguen was just hit with an explosive lawsuit  —  Michael Goguen, a longtime partner at Sequoia Capital who joined the tony Sand Hill Road …
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