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March 31, 2017, 12:00 AM

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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 Jeong / Motherboard:
Twitter has botched its new @-reply feature by hiding nuance that comes with ordered usernames and making it onerous to untag people  —  Twitter has rolled out its new @-replies to me about three or four times now, ambushing me with its unspeakable badness on the iPhone app or web Twitter.
Joe Durbin / UploadVR:
Facebook says Oculus co-founder and Rift creator Palmer Luckey is leaving the company and will be “dearly missed”  —  Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey, the man behind the Rift concept and its first prototypes, is leaving the company three years after selling to Facebook.
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.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Uber now lets you adjust pickup location after booking a ride and adds new customer support options for drivers  —  Uber talked about a few of the changes coming to help improve its relationship with drivers during a press call last weekheld to address a number of concerns, including regarding its leadership and culture.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft says HoloLens has 150 apps one year after dev kit launch; Elizabeth Hamren, former chief marketing officer at Oculus, will head marketing for HoloLens  —  MIcrosoft has hired Elizabeth Hamren, the former CMO of Oculus VR at Facebook, to run a new dedicated Mixed Reality marketing team.
Financial Review:
Australia's competition regulator the ACCC rejects application by four banks to collectively negotiate with Apple over NFC, and boycott Apple Pay  —  The competition regulator has rejected an application by the banks to collectively negotiate with technology giant Apple over access to the iPhone's …

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