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March 28, 2017, 11:10 AM

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Facebook:
Facebook's main app gets Snapchat-like Stories atop the News Feed, Direct for sharing ephemeral images and video with friends, and in-app camera effects  —  We want to make it fast, fun and easy for people to share creative photos and videos with whomever they choose, for however long they choose …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook copied Snapchat a fourth time, and now all its apps look the same  —  Facebook doesn't seem concerned with giving each of its core services a unique identity.  —  Facebook is copying Snapchat again: Today it launched Stories, the 24-hour photo and video montages that ultimately disappear, inside of its core Facebook app.
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Maureen Dowd / Vanity Fair:
Interviews with Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Ray Kurzweil, others on AI in coming decades, its regulation, and possible implementations  —  Elon Musk is famous for his futuristic gambles, but Silicon Valley's latest rush to embrace artificial intelligence scares him.  And he thinks you should be frightened too.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Payments company Square launches in the U.K., its first European market and fifth globally  —  Mobile payments company Square is finally landing in Europe with the news today that it's now open for U.K.-based business owners.  —  This launch represents the fifth market for Square …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
IKEA's Trådfri system for smart home lighting goes live on Swedish website; base package costs about $85 and will be available in Swedish stores on March 31  —  Smart lights on a budget  —  Ikea is finally getting into the home automation game with its own system for smart lighting.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple releases watchOS 3.2 with Theater Mode, an easily accessible option to disable “Raise to Wake”, and SiriKit, which will allow users to give Siri commands  —  Apple today released a new software update for the Apple Watch, upgrading watchOS 3.1.3 to watchOS 3.2. watchOS 3.2 …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Gigi Sohn / The Verge:
Former FCC staffer explains consequences as House of Representatives prepares to vote tomorrow to repeal FCC's 2016 broadband privacy rules  —  Time to make some calls  —  Last week, on a party-line vote, the Senate voted to repeal the Federal Communications Commission's 2016 broadband …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon confirms acquisition of Dubai-based e-commerce site Souq.com in deal that sources say was valued at around $650M  —  Amazon today confirmed that it has acquired Souq.com, an e-commerce marketplace serving the Middle East based out of Dubai, which was already commonly described as “the Amazon of the Middle East.”

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