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March 30, 2017, 1:50 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 …
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 …
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.
Brian Barrett / Wired:
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  —  As the internet continues to limp toward better security, sites have increasingly embraced HTTPS encryption.
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:
Akamai buys cloud testing service Soasta, will integrate Soasta's tech into its web performance solutions portfolio  —  Akamai said it plans to integrate Soasta's technology into its web performance solutions portfolio.  —  Akamai Technologies has snapped up Soasta, makers of application testing and performance analytics software.
More: theWHIR.com and AkamaiTweets: @samkya
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