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February 26, 2019, 6:45 AM

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CNN:
Amid employee pushback, Satya Nadella defends Microsoft's $479M US Army contract for HoloLens, says Microsoft will not withhold tech from democratic governments  —  Barcelona (CNN Business)Satya Nadella has defended Microsoft's $479 million contract to supply augmented reality systems …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft commits to letting others create app stores for HoloLens 2, impressing Epic Games' CEO, who pledges support, sees HoloLens 2 as a new era of openness  —  Microsoft has made significant commitments to being open for the third era of computing  —  Microsoft unveiled …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Robert Hackett / Fortune:
Coinbase says that XRP, the third-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, will be added to the Coinbase Pro exchange beginning tomorrow; XRP price jumps ~10%  —  Coinbase plans to add XRP, one of the world's most controversial cryptocurrencies, to the list of virtual coins traded on its exchange, the company said Monday.
Variety:
Spotify's launch in India hits a snag as Warner Music Group files an injunction to bar Spotify's access to Warner/Chappell's library of 1M+ songs  —  UPDATED: Spotify's long-anticipated launch in India could be days away, but the Swedish company is taking its licensing negotiations with the three major music groups to the wire.
Steve Dent / Engadget:
The SD Association unveils microSD Express format for mobile with data transfer speeds of up to 985 MB/s, lower power consumption, and backwards compatibility  —  The SD Association has unveiled microSD Express, a new format that will bring speeds of up to 985 Mb/s to the tiny memory cards used in smartphones and other devices.
Justin Osofsky / Facebook:
Facebook says it's committed to enforcing its expectations of working conditions for contractor moderators, and the firms it partners with excel in their domain  —  We know there are a lot of questions, misunderstandings and accusations around Facebook's content review practices …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Facebook restores network of Russia-backed pages targeting US millennials, 10 days after suspending them, after forcing those behind them to disclose RT ties  —  New York (CNN Business)Facebook said Monday that it would allow a network of millennial-focused pages tied to the Russian state …
Brad Sams / Thurrott:
Analysis shows Microsoft Store games use Xbox One's installation tools, indicating Microsoft aims to make its gaming experiences more similar across PC and Xbox  —  During the past couple of years, we have seen Microsoft's gaming strategy take an aggressive turn.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Sprint says it will launch its 5G network in May, starting in four US cities, and that the 5G network will be part of Google Fi and not use millimeter wave tech  —  Sprint plans to launch its 5G network this May, starting in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, and Kansas City.

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