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March 31, 2017, 2:10 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.
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 …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Verizon plans to start selling a live online TV package with dozens of channels this summer, separate from go90  —  Verizon Communications Inc. has been securing streaming rights from television network owners in preparation for the nationwide launch of a live online TV service, according to people familiar with the matter.
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 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.

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