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March 23, 2016, 4:30 AM

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Sources: Google developing third-party iOS keyboard with gesture-based typing, integrated web search, and GIF search  —  Google is making a keyboard for the iPhone  —  Google has been developing a third-party keyboard for iOS that would put the company's search engine in a highly used part of the interface, The Verge has learned.
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
RIAA report: streaming accounted for more US recorded-music revenue than downloads in 2015, rising from 27% in 2014 to 34% in 2015  —  US recorded-music revenues rose slightly in 2015 says RIAA  —  US music industry body the RIAA has published its figures for 2015, revealing …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Google renames Chromecast app Google Cast; Vizio P-Series TVs launched with Cast support and a 6-inch Android tablet  —  Remote, Controlled — How Vizio and Google radically reinvented the TV  —  Matt McRae is fired up about remote controls.  Or, more specifically, about getting rid of them.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Uber starts bug bounty program with HackerOne, reveals network details to aid researchers, and offers bonuses for multiple discoveries; rewards range up to $10K  —  Uber Will Pay $10,000 ‘Bug Bounties’ to Friendly Hackers  —  Uber's business model is based on a simple notion …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google will kill its Chrome app launcher for Windows, Mac, and Linux in July  —  Google today announced plans to kill off the Chrome app launcher for Windows, Mac, and Linux in July.  The tool, which lets users launch Chrome apps even if the browser is not running, will continue to live on in Chrome OS.
Chris Williams / The Register:
Thousands of web apps dependent on JavaScript module Left-Pad broken for a few hours after developer yanks it from NPM in protest  —  How one developer just broke Node, Babel and thousands of projects in 11 lines of JavaScript  —  left-pad pulled from NPM - which everyone was using
Ina Fried / Re/code:
New 9.7-inch iPad Pro has embedded Apple SIM, offering users choice of more carriers, excluding Verizon and AT&T, which require separate SIM card  —  New iPad Pro comes with embedded version of Apple SIM  —  Hidden inside Apple's new iPad Pro is a tiny component that could help further erode …
More: ZDNet and Ars Technica
TechCrunch:
All 60 startups that launched at Y Combinator Winter 2016 Demo Day 1  —  Josh Constine, Greg Kumparak and Megan Rose Dickey  —  “You'll notice we have many more startups that aren't in the traditional software category,” said Y Combinator President Sam Altman at the start of its Winter 2016 Demo Day 1.
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Jack Clark / Bloomberg Business:
Google to boost hiring for cloud division, plans 12 new data centers in next 18 months  —  Google's Greene Hastens Cloud Expansion in Race With Amazon  —  Company plans 12 new cloud data centers in next 18 months  —  Cloud division to boost hiring, marketing under Diane Greene
Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider:
Adobe launches Marketing Cloud Device Co-op to help marketers track users across devices, offers opt-out  —  Adobe has figured out a clever way to track people as they switch between devices  —  Adobe announced Tuesday it is launching a “cross-device co-op” that will offer marketers …
Jonathan Zdziarski / Zdziarski's Blog of Things:
Why the FBI's alternative method to unlock iPhone may involve NAND mirroring by an external forensics firm to enable brute force guessing of shooter's PIN  —  My Take on FBI's “Alternative” Method  —  FBI acknowledged today that there “appears” to be an alternative way into Farook's iPhone 5c …

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