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Casey Newton / The Verge: Shyp now handles returns for online purchases from 12 big retailers including Amazon, Target  —  Shyp might be about to change the way we shop online  —  The easiest way to return unwanted items ever  —  In theory, shopping online couldn't be easier.  You tap a few buttons …

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Ryan Smith / AnandTech: Nvidia's GRID game-streaming service, currently in beta, will launch in May with basic and premium subscription tiers  —  NVIDIA GRID Game Streaming Service To Become Commercial Service  —  As part of NVIDIA's suite of GDC 2015 announcements, the company has announced that their GRID game streaming service …

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Instagram allows ads to have clickable links and introduces multi-photo carousel ads  —  Instagram Starts Letting Ads Be Clickable  —  Instagram never allowed URLs to open, until now.  It wanted people browsing photos, not the web.  But Instagram says its advertisers demanded more vivid ways …

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Maureen Morrison / AdAge: Pinterest tests animated ad pins, adds more audience categories for advertisers to target  —  Pinterest Narrows Ad Targeting; Tests Animated Pins  —  Move Is Latest In Series Of Efforts To Position Service As Essential Social-Media Platform for Advertisers  —  Content Marketing 2014

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Chat app Kik for iOS and Android now lets users record videos up to 15 seconds from inside chat windows with fullscreen playback option  —  Chat App Kik Adds Native Video In Step Towards More Interactive Content  —  Mobile messaging app Kik has added native video capture to its service …

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Kunal Comments / Sammy Hub: Pocket, Shazam, Fleksy, and 19 other apps designated as Galaxy Gifts will be free to download for Galaxy S6, S6 edge  —  Fleksy, Shazam and 20 other apps will be part of Galaxy Gifts for Galaxy S6, S6 edge  —  Samsung is known to treat its Galaxy smartphone buyers with a suite of apps and games for free.

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Associated Press: Hillary Clinton used her own private email server for official business as secretary of state; emails backed up to Google in 2012  —  Clinton ran homebrew computer system for official emails  —  1 photo  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The computer server that transmitted and received Hillary Clinton's emails …

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Bill Rigby / Reuters: IBM buys AlchemyAPI to boost Watson computing unit  —  (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp said on Wednesday it had acquired AlchemyAPI, a fast-growing startup selling software that collects and analyzes unstructured text and data in ways big enterprises, website publishers and advertisers find useful.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Fashion Marketplace Farfetch Raises $86M Led By DST At A $1B Valuation  —  Some big news today in the world of fashion e-commerce.  Farfetch, the London-based online marketplace for high end fashion retailers, is announcing a raise of $86 million.  The funding vaults Farfetch into the unicorn club …

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Sarah Frier / Bloomberg Business: Facebook Is Said to Be Working on Competitor to Twitter's MoPub  —  Don't Miss Out —  (Bloomberg) — Facebook Inc. is working on a competitor to Twitter Inc.'s mobile-advertising distributor MoPub, according to people with knowledge of the matter, a bid to win more business in a growing market.

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Damon Beres / The Huffington Post: Waze Adds Amber Alerts To Popular Traffic App  —  Waze helps drivers get cheap gas, avoid traffic jams and spot highway patrols — and now it could help find abducted children.  —  The company announced Tuesday that its community-driven traffic app, which has been downloaded and installed …

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David Kravets / Ars Technica: US air traffic control computer system vulnerable to terrorist hackers  —  FAA didn't always ensure passwords were encrypted “when transmitted or stored.”  —  The US system for guiding airplanes is open to vulnerabilities from outside hackers, the Government Accountability Office said Monday.

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Alibaba Is Expanding Its Cloud Services To The U.S. To Give Amazon New Competition  —  Alibaba, the Chinese commerce firm which held the largest IPO in history last year, is bringing cloud computing services in the U.S. after it announced plans to open a data center in Silicon Valley.

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Richard Lawler / Engadget: Valve's ‘Lighthouse’ VR tech brings TVs and headsets together  —  We already saw the new Vive virtual reality headset that Valve and HTC are working on, but they're not stopping there.  Hardware engineer Alan Yates says that its Lighthouse room-scale tracking system brings the “high-resolution …

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Samit Sarkar / Polygon: Microsoft bringing Xbox One Preview Program to Xbox 360  —  More than nine years after launching the Xbox 360, Microsoft is giving users of the console the ability to get an early look at forthcoming system updates through its Preview Program, Microsoft's Larry Hryb announced yesterday.

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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: AMD teams up with Oculus on LiquidVR technologies for virtual reality  —  Gaming execs: Join 180 select leaders from King, Glu, Rovio, Unity, Facebook, and more to plan your path to global domination in 2015.  GamesBeat Summit is invite-only — apply here.  Ticket prices increase on March 6 Pacific!

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Nathan Eddy / eWeek: YouMail Secures $5.5 Million Through JOBS Act  —  YouMail announced it has completed a $5.5 million series B round of funding, which it plans to use to expand its base of more than 6.5 million registered users.  —  YouMail raised the funding in February as a private placement …

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Shalene Gupta / Fortune: John Doerr testifies in Kleiner trial, suggests he wanted to keep Ellen Pao until she sued  —  Top venture capitalist soured on employee around time she filed sex bias case  —  A top Silicon Valley venture capitalist testified Tuesday that he initially fought his partners to keep a female employee they thought wasn't up to the job.

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Mike Murphy / Quartz: Pebble Time is now the most-funded project in Kickstarter history with over $15M in pre-orders from 60K backers  —  The new Pebble smartwatch is now the most-funded project in Kickstarter history  —  In one week, Pebble's new Time smartwatch has become the most “funded” project in Kickstarter history …

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Ross Miller / The Verge: Nvidia announces Grid, a 1080p game-streaming service that launches in May  —  Nvidia just announced a game-streaming service, Grid, that promises to stream top-tier titles up to 1080p and 60 frames per second.  Nvidia's head Jen-Hsun Huang promises the service — which is backed …

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Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter: NBCUniversal planning online comedy subscription service, expected later this year for $2.50-$3.50/month  —  NBCUniversal Planning Online Comedy Subscription Service  —  NBCUniversal is planning to launch a subscription video service focused on comedy later this year, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

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Ben Gilbert / Engadget: Nvidia announces Shield, an Android TV set-top box and game console with support for 4K video  —  Shield: NVIDIA's gaming-focused Android TV set-top box  —  Another year, another new Shield device from NVIDIA.  What's Shield?  It's the hardware line from NVIDIA that spans a bizarre handheld game console …

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Megan Wollerton / CNET: Now you can access AT&T's home security service from your car  —  AT&T's Digital Life and Drive platforms are joining forces so you can tap into your home security and automation set up straight from your car.  —  Inside the AT&T Drive Studio.  —  AT&T  —  Today at Mobile World Congress …

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Mike Isaac / New York Times: Nextdoor raises $110M, at a valuation of $1.1B; begins planning how to extract data to monetize with recommendations, on-demand services  —  Nextdoor Social Network Digs Really Deep Into Neighborhoods  —  Internet companies have been trying desperately for years to court people like Isaac Gonzales to use their services.

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Julia Love / Mercury News: Apple to make many security guards full-time employees  —  CUPERTINO — Amid debate about Silicon Valley's sweeping use of contract workers, Apple will dramatically expand its in-house security team, giving the officers the same benefits as other employees.  —  After a yearlong review …

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