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Peter Kafka / Re/code: Fashion and style site Refinery29 raises $50M at $290M valuation, led by WPP Ventures and Scripps Networks Interactive  —  Refinery29 Joins the Big Media Startup Club, with a $50 Million Funding Round  —  It's no longer surprising when investors write big checks to a media startup.

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Jane Martinson / Guardian: Google and eight European publishers plan Digital News Initiative to develop news business models, with $163M Google innovation fund  —  Google admits mistakes with news outlets as it announces new partnership  —  The Digital News Initiative is likely to be seen as an attempt for Google …

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Sources: Ultrasound wireless charging firm uBeam looking to raise about $50M or more in Series B potentially valuing the company at $500M+  —  uBeam's Ultrasound Wireless Charging Is Real, And About To Be Really Funded  —  What if wireless power at a distance actually worked?

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Josh Lowensohn / The Verge: LG's Urbane Android Wear watch lands in the US for $349  —  The first Android Wear device that will come out of the box with Google's big new software update is now on sale in the US.  Google began selling the LG Urbane on its online store today for $349.  The watch comes in either a silver or a gold …

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Michael McWhertor / Polygon: Valve kills paid mods on Steam, will refund Skyrim mod buyers  —  Just a few days after launching paid mods on Steam through the Skyrim Workshop, Valve is removing the payment option, citing customer feedback.  Valve says it will refund Steam users who purchased a Skyrim mod on Steam.

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Reuters: Tim Cook says expanding middle class is fueling iPhone sales in China as revenues increase 71% to $16.8B, beating US sales for first time  —  China iPhone sales boosts Apple; shares up modestly  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) beat Wall Street's revenue and profit forecasts on Monday …

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Dan Seifert / The Verge: Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 review: $249 unlocked, stunning 5.5-inch display, all-day battery, but can be slow at times  —  Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 review  —  Smartphones are expensive.  For many of us, they are the most important devices in our lives, justifying their cost.

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Andrew Chung / Reuters: Microsoft phones infringe on two InterDigital patents, ITC judge rules  —  Microsoft phones infringe patents: U.S. International Trade Commission judge  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp lost a round in a potentially costly patent battle when a U.S. International Trade Commission judge …

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Facebook Messenger Launches Free VOIP Video Calls Over Cellular And Wi-Fi  —  It's not polite to call someone out of the blue anymore.  Best to text them first.  That's why Facebook thinks video calling will live naturally inside Messenger.  Today, Messenger is launching free VOIP video calling …

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Microsoft to announce apps and add-ins for Outlook.com, detail plans for opening up Office as a platform at Build 2015 this week  —  Microsoft is bringing apps to its Outlook.com email service  —  Microsoft is planning to announce apps and add-ins for Outlook.com later this week.

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Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac: Best Buy changes course, will support Apple Pay in its iOS app today, in retail stores later this year  —  Best Buy to gain Apple Pay support in-app today, in retail stores this fall  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook announced today during the company's earnings call that Best Buy will gain support …

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Eugene Kim / Business Insider: Apple sold 12.6M iPads last quarter, marking $5.4B in sales, down 23% YOY  —  The one thing that didn't go well in Apple's earnings report, explained in one chart  —  Apple had another great quarter, surpassing estimates for earnings per share, revenue, and iPhone sales.

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Timothy Hay / Wall Street Journal: Scanadu Raises $35 Million From Fosun, Tencent for Its Health Scanner … Scanadu Inc., a company that is aiming to bring hospital-grade diagnostic tests to consumers' smartphones, has raised a $35 million Series B round to push further into clinical trials for is Scout device.

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Owen Williams / The Next Web: Apple sold a whopping 61 million iPhones in Q2 2015, disappoints with 12 million iPads  —  Apple's quarterly earnings are in and it's a huge result for iPhone.  —  In the three months of Q2 2015, Apple sold an incredible 61 million iPhones.  That's up from 43 million iPhones during …

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Jordan Golson / MacRumors: Apple Reports Record March Quarter Results of $13.6B Profit on $58B Revenue, Boosts Dividend and Buybacks  —  Apple today announced financial results for the second fiscal quarter and first calendar quarter of 2015.  For the quarter, Apple posted revenue of $58 billion and net quarterly profit …

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Business Wire: Apple Reports Record Second Quarter Results  —  Strong performance of iPhone, Mac & App Store drives 27% revenue growth & 40% EPS growth, setting new second quarter records  —  CUPERTINO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 second quarter ended March 28, 2015.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Sources: Amazon Plans ‘Prime For Business’, Folding AmazonSupply Into Big B2B Play  —  Amazon last week disclosed that its Amazon Web Services business made nearly $1.6 billion in revenues last quarter with profits of $265 million, but that is not the only effort the e-commerce, cloud and distribution giant is making on the B2B front.

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NBC News: How Google, Facebook, Viber, other tech companies are trying to help Nepal earthquake victims  —  Nepal Earthquake Spurs Tech Companies to Action  —  After a devastating earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday, tech companies are hoping their products can help located loved ones and provide much-needed relief.As ...

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Instagram Gets Emoji Hashtags And 3 New Filters, Future Filters To Arrive Faster  —  Instagram has added three new filters to its app, including Lark, Reyes and Juno.  These filters are designed to brighten images and seem generally appropriate for spring time photos.

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Stan Chudnovsky / Facebook: Facebook adds video calling to Messenger in select countries including US, Canada, Mexico and parts of EU, on both iOS and Android  —  Introducing Video Calling in Messenger  —  Today, we're introducing video calling in Messenger.  Now you can have face-to-face conversations with your friends …

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Robin Wauters / Tech.eu: In Q1 2015, European companies raised €2.6B in 345 deals, highest figure since Q3 2001 (report)  —  According to data from Dow Jones VentureSource (PDF), reported this morning by (also Dow Jones-owned) The Wall Street Journal, VC investment into European companies rose to its highest figure since the third quarter of 2001.

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: With Discover joining this fall, Apple Pay will support all four major credit cards in US  —  Discover Signs On With Apple Pay  —  Credit card provider Discover will join Apple Pay's ranks beginning this fall, the company announced today.  Apple Pay already supports cards from Visa …

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Tim Higgins / Bloomberg Business: Apple's HealthKit connected to 80K patient files at Los Angeles Cedars-Sinai Medical Center  —  Apple's HealthKit Linked to Patients at Big Los Angeles Hospital  —  Apple Inc.'s health-tracking software is being connected to patient files at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles …

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Dylan Byers / Politico: CNN political reporter Peter Hamby is joining Snapchat as Head of News  —  Peter Hamby leaving CNN for Snapchat  —  Peter Hamby, widely recognized by Beltway insiders as one of CNN's best political reporters, is leaving the network to join Snapchat as Head of News, the On Media blog has learned.

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Wall Street Journal: Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron cancel $9.3B merger plans over antitrust concerns  —  Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron Cancel Merger Plan  —  Deal collapses after firms give up on winning antitrust approval  —  TOKYO—A multibillion-dollar merger that would have created …

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