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March 24, 2016, 10:55 AM

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Sony forms mobile gaming firm ForwardWorks to make PlayStation games for iOS and Android devices in Asia  —  Sony announces plans to make PlayStation games for iOS and Android  —  It looks like Sony will follow Nintendo's cue and focus on mobile gaming.  The company announced today …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Sources: Apple Pay coming to mobile websites, will be available to Safari users on iPad and iPhone with Touch ID this year  —  Apple Pay Coming to Mobile Websites Before Holiday Shopping Season  —  Apple Pay is finally ready to move beyond apps.  —  Apple has been telling potential partners …
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Sources: Google building Periscope-like live streaming app YouTube Connect for iOS and Android  —  Google is building YouTube Connect, a live streaming app to take on Periscope  —  Google has quietly been building a new live streaming app called YouTube Connect, VentureBeat has learned.
James Vincent / The Verge:
Apple is selling Microsoft Office 365 as an accessory for the iPad Pro  —  Apple wants the iPad Pro to replace Windows, and to convince customers it's bringing in a familiar face or two: Microsoft's Office Suite.  As part of the ordering process for the new iPad Pro, buyers are given the option …
Leslie Picker / New York Times:
Sources: TiVo in merger talks with Rovi, would own about 30% of the combined company  —  TiVo Said to Be in Merger Talks With Rovi  —  TiVo, the digital video recorder company that popularized the DVR and revolutionized “time shifting” and fast-forwarding through advertising …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google debuts Cloud Machine Learning Platform to assist in developing pre-trained machine learning models and building new models from scratch  —  Google launches new machine learning platform  —  Google today announced a new machine learning platform for developers at its NEXT Google Cloud Platform user conference in San Francisco.
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Rising prices, declining service, and shifting business models signal that other on-demand companies can't duplicate Uber's unique success  —  The Uber Model, It Turns Out, Doesn't Translate  —  In San Francisco, as in most cities, parking is an expensive daily grind that saps the soul.
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Karissa Bell / Mashable:
Facebook impersonation tool is now live in 75% of the world, alerting users when their names and profile pictures are being used by someone else  —  Facebook is testing a feature that alerts you if someone is impersonating your account  —  Facebook is working on a new tool to help stem one source of harassment on its platform.
Itika Sharma Punit / Quartz:
Uber sues India competitor Ola, alleges it booked over 400K fake rides from 90K spam accounts, seeks $7.4M in damages  —  Uber sues Ola for allegedly using the same dirty tricks Uber was accused of using on Lyft and Gett  —  The race in the Indian taxi app business may have entered a second—and more intense—lap.
Steve Kovach / Tech Insider:
Pebble lays off 40 employees, about 25% of staff, blames tough fundraising climate, has raised $26M over last 8 months on top of $20M Kickstarter campaign  —  Smartwatch company Pebble is laying off 25% of its staff  —  Pebble, the buzzy startup credited for being one of the first companies …

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