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April 3, 2016, 7:45 PM

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Salvador Hernandez / BuzzFeed:
FBI Tells Local Law Enforcement It Will Help Unlock Phones  —  A law enforcement official told BuzzFeed News the FBI sent the advisory to local authorities on Friday in order to provide them with “technical assistance.”  —  Just days after breaking into a terrorist's iPhone using …
Paul James / Road to VR:
Oculus Refund Shipping Costs as Rift Shipments Delayed Due to “Component Shortages”  —  It seems that Oculus are acknowledging the troublesome Rift launch and associated delivery delays by covering shipping costs for affected customers.  According to emails sent out by Oculus to customers still waiting …
Eugene Kim / Business Insider:
Inside the development of Amazon Echo: early Echo team members recount company's ambitions for the device and the challenges they faced  —  The inside story of how Amazon created Echo, the next billion-dollar business no one saw coming  —  When Amazon executive Dave Limp first saw the pitch …
Bloomberg:
Colombian hacker claims to have rigged elections throughout Latin America by manipulating social media, spying on other campaigns, stealing information  —  How to Hack an Election  —  Andrés Sepúlveda rigged elections throughout Latin America for almost a decade.
Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica:
Fitbit Blaze, Alta devices sell over 1 million units each in first month  —  The surprise success of the new devices may calm investors' fears (for now).  —  Fitbit's newest trackers have made quite an impression with customers despite only being available for less than a month.
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Dan Primack / Fortune:
Just 5.7% of decision-makers at 282 US venture capital firms are women  —  Venture Capital Still Has a Big Problem With Women  —  Fewer than 6% of all decision-makers at U.S. venture capital firms are women, according to data compiled by Fortune.  It is a pathetic figure …
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
Airbnb hosts aged 60 and above are the fastest-growing and best-reviewed demographic on the site in the US  —  Why Everybody Loves Seniors on Airbnb  —  Americans aged 60 and older are the fastest-growing and best-reviewed demographic on the home-booking website.

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