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April 14, 2016, 5:20 PM

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Sarah McBride / Reuters:
Microsoft files lawsuit against US Department of Justice for the right to tell customers about government requests for their data  —  Microsoft sues U.S. government over data requests  —  Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) has sued the U.S. government for the right to tell its customers when a federal agency …
Brad Smith / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft: keep secrecy the exception, not the rule; DOJ should adopt new limits, or Congress should amend the Electronic Communications Privacy Act  —  Keeping secrecy the exception, not the rule: An issue for both consumers and businesses  —  This morning we filed a new lawsuit …
VICE News:
Court documents reveal Canadian police have had BlackBerry's global encryption key since 2010  —  Exclusive: Canadian Police Obtained BlackBerry's Global Decryption Key  —  A high-level surveillance probe of Montreal's criminal underworld shows that Canada's federal policing agency …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft kicks off back-to-school wave with new Windows 10, Office 365 Education apps, services  —  Microsoft plans to bundle new education-focused apps into Windows 10 Anniversary update, and is readying new Office 365 and MineCraft updates aimed specifically at the academic market.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram launches personalized video feed and themed channels in Explore  —  Instagram wants to show you the best videos without completely destroying the sanctity of your main feed, so today it overhauled the Explore page with a slew of new video channels.
Tony Romm / Politico:
Apple hires Cynthia Hogan, top NFL lobbyist and former aide to Joe Biden, as vice president for public policy and government affairs  —  Apple hires NFL, Biden veteran for key policy role  —  Apple has hired Cynthia Hogan, a top lobbyist for the National Football League and former aide …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
HTC 10 review: a well-made phone but generic design and $699 price tag mean you can get more for your dollar elsewhere  —  HTC 10 review: great isn't good enough  —  Contrary to popular opinion, the smartphone world has been extremely interesting over the past year or so.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Chrome 50 launches with push notification improvements, no longer supports Windows XP/Vista or OS X Snow Leopard/Lion/Mountain Lion  —  Chrome 50 arrives with push notification improvements, drops support for old Windows and OS X versions  —  Google today launched Chrome 50 for Windows …
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Sharp launching RoboHon, a voice-controlled robot phone, in Japan on May 26 for more than $1,800  —  Sharp's adorable robot phone is a not-so-cute $1,800  —  The RoboHon is real, it's going on sale, and (obviously) it's going to Japan first.  At a press launch at the company's HQ in Tokyo …

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