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The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Friday, March 27

Up Periscope: Twitter answers Meerkat... UN appoints privacy watchdog... Microsoft buys LiveLoop

Microsoft wants to make Powerpoint more Web-friendly, buys LiveLoop

The software giant continues to buy companies to strengthen its Office apps and services

Now Samsung is rumored to have AMD in its sights

Several weeks ago, an unknown in the U.S. Chinese firm BLX IC Design was rumored to be looking at purchasing struggling Advanced Micro Devices. Those rumors were quickly dismissed as just that and faded away. Now, a story from a...

UN to appoint watchdog to focus on privacy in digital age

A 'special rapporteur' is to be appointed for a period of three years

At Facebook, a sharpening focus on virtual reality

At its F8 conference, executives helped illuminate some of the company's plans

Facebook speeds iPhone app dev with React Native

The React Native framework takes advantaghe of many of iOS'es built-in capabilities.

Goodbye GPS? DARPA preparing alternative position-tracking technology

DARPA considers GPS unreliable, as it isn't always available and signals can be easily jammed

In Japan, smartphone apps time spring's cherry blossoms

Smartphones are becoming indispensable for the national pastime of drinking under the pink petals

US offers rewards for fugitive Russian cybercriminals

The two suspects are wanted for their alleged roles in operating an ID theft and hacking site.

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Update: Galaxy S6 price starts at $600 off-contract, 19% more for Edge

U.S. wireless carriers today announced off-contract prices ranging from $600 to $685 for the new 32 GB Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone and $100 to $129 more in premium pricing for its stylish cousin, the Edge, with both coming to buyers...

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Microsoft name games continue as 'universal apps' become 'Windows apps'

In the new lingo, Windows apps are those that run on any of the numerous device categories that Windows 10 will support, ranging from smartphones and tablets to personal computers and beyond. Windows desktop applications is what...

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Toshiba announces industry's densest 3D flash memory

Toshiba announced a flash memory chip that stacks 48 transistors vertically, improving density over previous industry leaders such as Samsung.

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Amazon Cloud Drive's unlimited storage plans undercut rivals

Amazon Cloud Drive takes the 'bang for your buck' throne, though its services are lacking.

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Google embraces Internet Explorer tech to help improve Chrome's scrolling

Google is building a Microsoft technology into Chrome that should help improve browser scrolling.

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Oculus's chief scientist: VR will succeed because your vision sucks

The fact that our eyes can't even tell what color that dress is? That's great for Oculus.

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Facebook's Video API lets brands push more and more video into your News Feed

Brands can post just to their Pages but not to News Feed, and target their videos to users based on gender, age, and location—but only if they use Facebook's newly updated Video API.

New Unit4 platform promises 'self-driving' ERP

Product taps predictive analytics and machine learning to help minimize administrative burden.

An SDN vulnerability forced OpenDaylight to focus on security

The SDN project now has a security response team to quickly handle new vulnerability reports

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