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March 30, 2017, 3:40 PM

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter stops counting @-reply usernames toward 140 character limit on web and mobile, now showing them above tweet's text, nearly a year after sharing the idea  —  Nearly a year ago, Twitter announced it would begin distancing itself from the requirement that all tweets could only contain 140 characters …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook debuts personal fundraising, limited to six categories at launch including medical and education, and adds donate buttons in Facebook Live for Pages  —  Facebook today announced it's expanding its set of online fundraising tools to include its own GoFundMe competitor …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft says it will sell customized “Microsoft Edition” versions of Galaxy S8, S8+, which will be bundled with Office, Cortana, more, at its US retail stores  —  Microsoft-customized versions of Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and S8+ phones will be available for purchase in Microsoft retail stores in the U.S.
Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic:
Study of 1.5K scholars and tech experts shows 81% expect online incivility and trolling to stay same or get worse, with “Potemkin internet” hiding incivility  —  I'm going to confess an occasional habit of mine, which is petty, and which I would still enthusiastically recommend …
Brian Barrett / Wired:
On April 4, both Pornhub and its sister site, YouPorn, will switch to HTTPS by default, a month after popular adult site RedTube made the transition  —  As the internet continues to limp toward better security, sites have increasingly embraced HTTPS encryption.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
Business intelligence startup Looker raises $81.5M Series D led by Alphabet's CapitalG, sources say at a valuation of around $850M  —  Looker CEO Frank Bien says that his startup's taken off in a noisy market of business intelligence players for one simple reason: the state of data inside many companies is a a total mess.
More: SiliconANGLE, VentureBeat, and TechCrunchTweets: @jasonlkThanks:@alexrkonrad
CRN:
Report: Cisco is developing standalone Lindt OS to run on its older routers and switches  —  Cisco has reportedly built a new network operating system that will allow users to run its most sophisticated networking features on older and lower-cost Cisco routers and switches, CRN has learned.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Telegram introduces voice calls, touting end-to-end encryption  —  Telegram is the latest messaging app to get a major new feature, but unlike Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Viber, Hike and countless others, it isn't cribbing from Snapchat.  That's because Telegram is introducing voice calls.

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Microsoft:
Helping a groundswell of citizen scientists aid the environment  —  See how Microsoft's AI for Earth program is partnering with iNaturalist to help amateur and expert scientists share data.
eero:
eero: your first line of defense against security breaches.  —  Thanks to our automatic and regular software updates as well as a number of other security measures built into our devices and software …
Mozilla:
Facebook Container Extension: Take control of how you're being tracked  —  Our Multi-Account Containers extension has been a game changer for many users, letting them manage various parts of their online life without intermingling their accounts.
Zoho:
Announcing Zoho Mail Desktop Lite Client  —  Get the best of both worlds.  —  There are times when you can't afford distractions while communicating over email.  This is especially true in the case of business emails …

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