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March 28, 2016, 6:20 PM

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Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Oculus Rift review: great design, good VR games, promising future game catalog, but expensive, lack of motion controls is a big weakness  —  Oculus Rift review  —  For a long time, the hopes and dreams of many virtual reality fans could be summed up with two words: Oculus Rift.
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Oculus Rift review: first generation hardware is pricey, awkward, isolating, and occasionally brilliant  —  Oculus Rift Review: VR's Rising Star Isn't Ready for the Mainstream  —  The first totally immersive home virtual reality rig is a pricey, awkward, isolating—and occasionally brilliant—glimpse of the future of computing
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Sony's more powerful PlayStation 4 supporting ultra-high-definition graphics to be announced before planned October VR headset launch  —  Sony Plans New PlayStation for Graphics-Heavy Games  —  New console would be announced before virtual-reality headset
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
DoJ withdraws legal action against Apple after method to access San Bernardino shooter's iPhone proved successful  —  Apple's San Bernardino fight is officially over as government confirms working attack  —  After months of work, the FBI finally has a way into the San Bernardino iPhone.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Periscope Has Been Used for 200 Million Broadcasts, 100 Million Since January Alone  —  Twitter-owned social live streaming service Periscope celebrated its first birthday Monday by revealing a major usage milestone: Periscope has been used for more that 200 million broadcasts since its launch in March 2015.
James Niccolai / PCWorld:
Court filings show Oracle is seeking up to $9.3B in damages from Google for using Java in Android as new trial is set to begin on May 9  —  Oracle seeks $9.3 billion for Google's use of Java in Android  —  The figure appears in a report by Oracle's damages expert, which Google strongly contests
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
As shift to algorithmic feed looms, brands and bloggers on Instagram try to get you to turn on notifications by posting reminders  —  Instagrammers really want you to turn on notifications to avoid death by algorithm  —  Instagram today is an endless sea of meaningless posts asking you to turn …
Cory Weinberg / The Information:
Facebook Messenger source code hints at an in-store purchase service, “secret conversations”, and calendar sync between users  —  Facebook Messenger Prepares In-Store Purchase Service  —  Tucked inside the code for Facebook's Messenger are clues for how the chat app plans …
Grace Huang / Bloomberg Business:
Japan's NTT Data to buy Dell's IT services business for $3.055B; Dell bought the unit, formerly known as Perot Systems, for $3.9B in 2009  —  Japan's NTT to Buy Dell Systems for $3.055 Billion  —  Deal is largest by NTT Data Corp., which is expanding overseas  —  NTT doesn't give details of when it will acquire Dell units
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Pandora cofounder Tim Westergren becomes the new CEO as part of management makeover  —  Pandora has appointed cofounder Tim Westergren its new CEO as part of a broader management makeover, the company announced today,  —  Stating that it “remains 100 percent committed to growth strategy,” …

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Microsoft:
Winning hackathon project now helping millions read and write  —  Teacher Merlyne Graves used to spend hours recording for her students who struggled with reading.  Not any more.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
At Zoho Recruit, We Take Workflows very Personnel-ly  —  Here's the thing about workflows.  They are very difficult to understand until you actually start working with them.  —  But, for recruiters …

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