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March 27, 2015, 4:50 PM

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Anne Toth / Slack:
Slack confirms hackers accessed its user database in February, introduces two factor authentication  —  March 2015 Security Incident and the Launch of Two Factor Authentication  —  We were recently able to confirm that there was unauthorized access to a Slack database storing user profile information.
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Valve to offer HTC Vive Developer Edition for free initially; sign-ups begin as soon as next week with kits shipping later in spring  —  Valve to offer HTC Vive Developer Edition for free  —  Developers “big or small” will be able to apply possibly as early as next week.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
YouTube is experimenting with 4K resolution, 60 FPS video on a limited selection of clips  —  YouTube Is Experimenting With Ultra High Def, Ultra Smooth Video Playback — Here Are The Examples  —  Just a few months back, YouTube bumped up the quality of the videos it hosts by allowing for gorgeous, 60 FPS video playback.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
Baidu's Internet traffic was hijacked to DDoS GitHub and GreatFire in a move that required access to network infrastructure; GitHub DDoS attack continues  —  Did China Just Launch a Cyber Attack on GitHub?  —  Late Thursday night, the popular coding site GitHub announced that someone …
Kendall Almerico / Entrepreneur:
SEC OKs rules letting technology startups raise up to $50M from unaccredited investors  —  SEC: Startups Can Now Raise $50 Million in ‘Mini IPO’  —  The SEC on Wednesday approved game-changing final rules in the implementation of Title IV of the JOBS Act, known as “Regulation A+,” …
Paul McNamara / Network World:
Booth babes banned at RSA Conference as new guidelines prohibit overly revealing attire  —  RSA Conference bans ‘booth babes’  —  In what may be a first for the technology industry, RSA Conference 2015 next month apparently will be bereft of a long-controversial trade-show attraction: “booth babes.”
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Google partners with Johnson & Johnson to develop robots to assist surgeons, pending clearance from antitrust authorities  —  Google Moves to the Operating Room in Robotics Deal with J&J  —  Google's search for big new industries for its technology has led it to the operating room.
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Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Salesforce cancels Indiana events to protest anti-gay law  —  Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff says he has canceled all his company's events in the state of Indiana after its governor signed into law a bill that makes it legal for individuals to use religious grounds as a defense when they are sued …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google quietly brings data compression feature to desktop Chrome with its Data Saver extension  —  Google quietly launches Data Saver extension for Chrome  —  Google has quietly released a Data Saver extension for Chrome, bringing the company's data compression feature to the desktop for the first time.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
BlackBerry reports surprise $28M Q4 profit, but revenue declines from $6.8B last year to $3.3B  —  BlackBerry turns Q4 profit, but revenue continues to crater  —  Summary:BlackBerry's turnaround remains a work in progress, but the company has more than enough capital to see it through.

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