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March 2, 2017, 9:15 AM

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Kara Swisher / Recode:
Yahoo's head lawyer Ron Bell was fired over 2014 breach; CEO Marissa Mayer lost cash bonuses from 2016 and stock awards from 2017  —  The blame for the massive breach falls on Ron Bell and not where it belongs — at the top.  —  Yahoo's CEO Marissa Mayer has gotten her pay docked …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Yahoo says forged cookie hack affected 32M accounts, targeted 26 specific accounts, and was connected to the same state-sponsored attackers behind 2014 breach  —  Nation-sponsored attackers targeted 26 specific accounts.  —  Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said she'll forego her 2016 bonus …
Michael Crider / Android Police:
Gmail increases size limits for inbound attachments to 50MB but keeps 25MB send size limit  —  Email really isn't designed to handle massive files being sent along with messages... but then, since the standard has been in use for decades, it's been modified in a lot of ways that weren't originally intended.
Blair Hanley Frank / PCWorld:
Microsoft says the Acer Mixed Reality Development Edition tethered headset will ship to devs this month; retail version slated to cost $299  —  The first Windows Mixed Reality headsets will start shipping to developers later this month, as Microsoft works to distribute the Acer Mixed Reality …
Surur / MSPoweruser:
Microsoft renames Windows Holographic to Windows Mixed Reality  —  In today's blog post announcing their new development kit it was the first time we heard of Windows Mixed Reality, and it may also be one of the last time we hear of Windows Holographic, as Microsoft has confirmed …
Wall Street Journal:
Snap prices its initial public offering at $17 a share, above the $14 to $16 range targeted, raising $3.4B at a valuation of nearly $24B  —  Shares set to price at $17 each, valuing firm at $24 billion in biggest U.S. tech debut since Alibaba  —  Snap Inc. is set to price its initial public offering …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
David Pierce / Wired:
Medium debuts Series feature for its mobile app, similar to Snapchat Stories, but Series don't expire and users can subscribe to updates  —  At some point in every technology's evolution, the world settles on its Right Way To Do Stuff.  Having one broadly adopted system just makes life easier …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google updates Allo with GIF sharing, animated emoji, and one tap to reach Assistant  —  Google has updated its smart messaging app Allo with three new features.  The new version is rolling out worldwide for Android today and is coming to iOS “soon” — you can grab it from Google Play and Apple's App Store.
Micah Singleton / The Verge:
Sources: Spotify is preparing to launch a lossless version of its streaming service called Spotify Hi-Fi; screenshots show it could be $5 to $10 extra per month  —  The company is A/B testing its pricing strategy on some users  —  Spotify is preparing to launch a lossless audio version …

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