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March 18, 2016, 6:15 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
9.7-inch iPad Pro to start at higher $599 price, come in 32 GB & 128 GB capacities  —  With the iPad Pro name and features, the new 9.7-inch iPad will be Apple's first to come with a starting price higher than $499.  The smaller iPad Pro will start at $599 and include 32 GB of storage, according to sources.
Patrick Klepek / Kotaku:
Sources: Sony is working on a “PlayStation 4.5” with upgraded GPU for 4K resolution and better VR game support  —  Sources: Sony Is Working On A ‘PlayStation 4.5’  —  Sony is currently planning a new version of the PS4 with increased graphical power and games running at 4K resolution, developer sources tell Kotaku.
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
PlayStation VR will cost $500 with Camera and Move controllers, which are required for positional tracking and many games; preorders start on March 22  —  PlayStation VR's true cost: $500 when bundled with needed accessories  —  All in.  —  When Sony finally announced a $400 price tag …
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
Mark Zuckerberg mocked for “trying too hard” on Chinese social media after hazardous “smog jog” through Tiananmen Square without a face mask  —  With ‘Smog Jog’ Through Beijing, Zuckerberg Stirs Debate on Air Pollution  —  A morning run can be the perfect way to overcome jet lag …
Paul Tamburro / CraveOnline:
Microsoft had scantily clad dancers dressed as “schoolgirls” at GDC party; Xbox chief Phil Spencer issues an apology  —  Microsoft Actually Had “Erotic Schoolgirl” Dancers at its GDC Party  —  Microsoft staged a “boys only club” party and are being called out for their unprofessionalism.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Spotify and National Music Publishing Association reach settlement over unpaid mechanical rights royalties; sources say the payout pool is between $21M and $30M  —  Spotify Reaches Settlement With Publishers in Licensing Dispute  —  Spotify will pay more than $20 million to music publishers …
Kris Graft / Gamasutra:
Interview with Palmer Luckey ahead of Oculus VR launch day on his day-to-day involvement, VR's future, more  —  Now's the time to get into VR - but be realistic about its returns, says Palmer Luckey  —  A lot can happen in five years, especially in a tech field as fast-moving as virtual reality.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft releases first Edge extensions preview in newest Windows 10 test build  —  Microsoft's new Redstone build 14291, available to Fast Ring PC and Mobile testers today, includes the first preview of extensions for Microsoft's Edge browser.  —  One of the features most eagerly awaited …
Jennifer Van Grove / The San Diego Union-Tribune:
Uber to launch Passport cross-border service for one-way rides from San Diego to the northern Baja California region in Mexico  —  Crossing borders: Uber takes San Diego riders to Mexico  —  Company cruises through busiest U.S. border, but only goes one way.

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