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March 31, 2016, 3:15 PM

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft integrates Xamarin into Visual Studio for free, will open source Xamarin runtime  —  Microsoft today announced that Xamarin is now available for free for every Visual Studio user.  This includes all editions of Visual Studio, including the free Visual Studio Community Edition …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon expands Dash Button line-up, top sellers to date include Tide, Bounty, Cottonelle  —  Amazon this morning announced an expansion of its Dash Buttons product line - those Wi-Fi connected, push-button devicesthat let you buy products from its site with just a press.
Los Angeles Times:
FBI agrees to help prosecutors unlock iPhone 6 and iPod in Arkansas homicide case  —  FBI agrees to help Arkansas prosecutors open iPhone after hack of San Bernardino device  —  Apple appears to have gained a momentary reprieve in the tech industry's sparring with the government over encryption technology.
Chipworks:
iPhone SE teardown reveals mix of 5s, 6, and 6s parts, including processor, memory, NFC chip, axis sensor, modem, Audio ICs, few new innovative components  —  Apple iPhone SE Teardown  —  The long-rumored, cost-friendly iPhone SE was finally announced on March 21st of this year.
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook to allow muted video ads in Instant Articles and one additional ad unit at bottom of articles  —  Video Ads Are Coming to Facebook Instant Articles  —  The social network will also allow more advertising in every Instant Article  —  Facebook is making further changes …
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
CloudFlare: 94 percent of the Tor traffic we see is “per se malicious”  —  Legitimate users suffer as Tor becomes favored tool of spammers and fraudsters.  —  More than ever, websites are blocking users of the anonymizing Tor network or degrading the services they receive.
More: CloudFlare
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
Roadmap shown in Build presentation reveals Microsoft is building ad blocker into next version of Edge browser  —  Microsoft plans to build ad blocker into its Microsoft Edge browser  —  Who needs extensions like AdBlock Plus?  In a session for Web developers today, Microsoft revealed …
Ryan Mac / Forbes:
Drone OS startup Airware raises $30M round led by Next World Capital, adds Cisco's John Chambers to board  —  Drone Startup Airware Raises $30 Million, Adds Cisco's John Chambers To Board  —  Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration projected in a report that 7 million drones will be sold annually in the U.S. within four years.
Bloomberg Business:
John Doerr to Step Aside From New Venture Funds at Kleiner Perkins, Become Chair  —  A change at the storied venture capital firm could usher in an accelerated transition to a new generation of investors.  —  Venture capitalist John Doerr will step away from some management duties at his firm …
More: Re/code and FortuneTweets: @danprimack

Sponsor Posts

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:
It's go time for Go Zoho!  —  It's not often that you hear of a tech company taking a vintage Airstream trailer on the road to help users in their own neighborhood.  Then again, Zoho's no ordinary tech company.

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