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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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Josh Lowensohn / The Verge: Olio smartwatch works with iPhone or Android, comes in silver or black, available for preorder from $595  —  The Olio smartwatch wants to save you from notification hell  —  Before I can even come back from grabbing him a glass of water, Steve Jacobs has basically turned our Verge West meeting room into a jewelry store.

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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 …

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Nate Hoffelder / Ink, Bits, & Pixels: Instapaper 6.2 for iOS adds speed reading, ability to share text as an image via Twitter, more  —  Instapaper Adds Speed Reading Option to its iPad App  —  No one has enough time to read all of the articles they come across in a given day, but Instapaper has a solution.

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Rich Edmonds / Android Central: LG Watch Urbane LTE will be available in South Korea March 27 for $590  —  LG Watch Urbane LTE to launch in South Korea on March 27  —  The LG Watch Urbane LTE is set to go on sale in South Korea on March 27.  Priced at 650,000 KRW ($590), the company will use its premium range of watches to compete directly with the Apple Watch.

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Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal: Facebook's solar-powered Internet drone, dubbed Aquila, with a wingspan of a Boeing 737 to begin testing this summer  —  Facebook, Moving Ahead with Drone, Plans Test This Summer  —  Facebook plans to test a version of its solar-powered drone this summer, a step in its efforts …

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Reuters: Tim Cook plans to donate most of his estimated $785M fortune to charity  —  Apple's Tim Cook will give away all his money: Fortune  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) Chief Executive Tim Cook is joining the roster of the very rich who are giving away their wealth.

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Liz Gannes / Re/code: On-demand food delivery service DoorDash raises $40M in a KPCB led Series B round  —  DoorDash Raises $40 Million for On-Demand Delivery  —  In what we've called the instant gratification economy, a mess of on-demand delivery companies are now sorting themselves out.

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Jessica Guynn / USA Today: SEC filing shows Google's new CFO Roth Porat will receive $5M sign-on bonus, $65M restricted stock, $650K annual salary  —  Google's new CFO Ruth Porat negotiates sweet pay package  —  Google's new CFO Ruth Porat has negotiated a sweet pay package (Associated Press)

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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch: Sources: Magic Is Raising $12M From Sequoia At A $40M Valuation  —  Magic, an SMS-based on-demand delivery service that started as a YC company's weekend project, is raising $12 million in Series A funding led by Sequoia, according to sources.  Sources also say that the company …

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft buys Office collaboration tool maker LiveLoop: Sources  —  Summary:Microsoft has bought another productivity company.  This time it's LiveLoop, a vendor of collaboration plug-ins and tools for Microsoft Office.  —  Microsoft has purchased San Francisco-based LiveLoop for an undisclosed amount, according to sources.

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Zac Hall / 9to5Mac: Apple begins releasing the first set of third-party Watch apps from AliPay, Evernote, Expedia, Line, NYT, Target, WeChat, WSJ, more  —  Apple begins releasing the first set of third-party Apple Watch apps  —  The Apple Watch is still almost a month away from shipping and 15 days away …

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Tom Dotan / The Information: Google partners with Mummy producer Sean Daniel Co. to make its augmented reality game Ingress into a TV show  —  Google Takes Its Web Game to TV  —  When Google launched a gaming studio five years ago, it was largely an effort to keep a valued employee.  Now, the first game developed by the studio …

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Google Cloud Launcher Lets Developers Quickly Deploy Over 120 Popular Open-Source Packages  —  Google and Bitnami are launching a new feature for Google's Cloud Platform today that makes it easier for developers to deploy over 120 popular open-source applications to its Cloud Platform.

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Gordon Mah Ung / PC World: New 3D NAND flash will triple capacity of SSDs, Intel and Micron say  —  Standard consumer SSDs will increase up to an astounding 10TB of storage, thanks to a new type of 3D NAND flash memory that Intel and Micron introduced Thursday morning.  —  The two companies, longtime joint partners …

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Alex Konrad / Forbes: How Super Angel Chris Sacca Made Billions, Burned Bridges And Crafted The Best Seed Portfolio Ever  —  Between the parade of wet suits and abundant seafood and yoga joints, Manhattan Beach, just south of Los Angeles, tries to cling fast to its surf town roots.  It's a tough battle.

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Tom Occhino / Facebook Code: Facebook open sources React Native framework for building native apps for iOS with JavaScript, Android support coming soon  —  React Native: Bringing modern web techniques to mobile  —  If you're new to React, you can read more about it on the React website.

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Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal: Slack's next funding round of up to $160M will value company at $2.8B, to include new investors IVP, Horizons Ventures, Index Ventures, DST Global  —  Slack's Valuation More Than Doubles to $2.8 Billion in Five Months  —  The growing popularity of workplace collaboration tool Slack …

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James Vincent / The Verge: Social news app Nuzzel arrives on Android  —  Nuzzel for Android lets you know what stories your friends are talking about  —  Nuzzel is basically a free social RSS reader for news stories shared by your friends.  The service — which is already available on the web and iOS — launches on Android today.

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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times: Microsoft requiring its 2K contractors to provide 15 paid days of sick leave and vacation  —  Corporate Peer Pressure: From Microsoft, a Novel Way to Mandate Sick Leave  —  From Microsoft, a Novel Way to Mandate Sick Leave  —  The company announced that many of its 2,000 contractors …

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Ex-Beats Music CEO David Hyman's music competition app Chosen launches as invite-only beta  —  Crush Someone's Dreams In Music Competition And Judging App Chosen  —  If American Idol was mobile-first, it'd be Chosen.  Built by ex-CEO of Beats Music, Gracenote, and Mog David Hyman …

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James Trew / Engadget: Create apps for your quadcopter with 3D Robotics' free ‘DroneKit’ software  —  3D Robotics develops the open source software that powers a lot of home brew UAVs.  Today it's introducing a new tool to the public: DroneKit, software that allows anyone to create apps for, well, drones!

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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch: Behind the launch of Periscope, Twitter's live video streaming app  —  The World In 'Scope  —  Movies, financial markets and fashion trends all fall into frenzies, dips and lulls.  Consumer apps are much the same.  —  Whether it's photo-sharing, anonymity or live streaming …

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Spencer Woodman / The Verge: Exclusive: Amazon makes even temporary warehouse workers sign 18-month non-competes  —  Contract says it can limit jobs across the globe  —  Amazon is the country's largest and most sophisticated online retailer, but it still runs largely on manual labor.  Scattered around the country …

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Larry Dignan / ZDNet: Cloud ERP firm FinancialForce that runs on Salesforce's platform raises $110M  —  FinancialForce raises $110 million in funding  —  Summary:The cloud ERP player is now hitting an annual revenue run rate of about $50 million and plans to spend the dough on product development, sales and various corporate functions.

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