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March 31, 2017, 5:25 PM

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Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
Inside today's decision by Twitter to change the default profile picture from an egg to human silhouette  —  An icon that came to represent Twitter's dark side is giving way to one designed not to turn anyone off, without looking like something you'd want to stick with.
New York Times:
Uber executive and Otto founder Anthony Levandowski invokes fifth amendment, seeking to avoid potential charges in Waymo's case against Uber  —  SAN FRANCISCO — An Uber executive accused of stealing driverless car technology from his former employers at Google is exercising his Fifth Amendment right …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon say they don't sell customers' individual web browsing data in response to cancellation of new FCC privacy rules  —  Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon published blog posts this morning responding to the backlash they've been receiving since Congress voted to revoke …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snapchat starts rolling out search for public Stories to users in select US cities; public Stories from all users could stay visible for up to several months  —  Snapchat is shifting from a social network limited to content shared by people you follow to an ephemeral, real-time database of what's going on now everywhere.
Kunal Dua / NDTV Gadgets 360:
Phil Schiller officially opens Apple's new App Accelerator in Bengaluru for Indian developers  —  Phil Schiller is in India this week to mark the official opening of Apple's App Accelerator in Bengaluru, a venture that was announced by CEO Tim Cook during his visit to India last May.
Nate Rau / The Tennessean:
RIAA report: streaming music in 2016 grew 68% YoY to bring in 51% of total revenues in music market, as total revenue reaches $7.7B, up 11.4% YoY  —  The U.S. music industry, which was beguiled two decades ago when online music service Napster invaded college campuses, for the first time boasts streaming …
Ryan Knutson / Wall Street Journal:
iOS 10.3, released earlier this week, fixes major vulnerability that allowed malicious code to force iPhones to repeatedly dial 911  —  Fix is aimed at preventing cyberattacks on 911 centers in the U.S.  —  Among the changes in an iPhone software update Apple Inc. AAPL -0.13% released this week …
Newley Purnell / Wall Street Journal:
As US tech firms spend billions to get into India, Chinese tech giants bolster Indian competitors with investments and expertise  —  While American tech companies look to boost local subsidiaries, Chinese firms pour money into startups  —  As the U.S.'s top tech brands ramp up operations in India …
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