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Stuart Dredge / Music Ally: Spotify adds lyrics to its desktop player, while phasing out App Finder  —  Spotify signalled some time ago that it was winding down its “App Finder” feature for third-party apps within its desktop software.  Now it's removing the section altogether, while adding one of its most popular apps - Musixmatch's lyrics - as a core feature.

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Alison Griswold / Slate: Lack of notifications on password changes and slow customer service put Venmo users at risk for fraud  —  Venmo Money, Venmo Problems  —  Two twentysomethings hop out of a cab.  They get dinner.  They grab drinks at a bar.  Neither stops to worry about splitting the tab.  “Just Venmo me,” one says.

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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security: Webnic Registrar Blamed for Hijack of Lenovo, Google Domains  —  Two days ago, attackers allegedly associated with the fame-seeking group Lizard Squad briefly hijacked Google's Vietnam domain (google.com.vn).  On Wednesday, Lenovo.com was similarly attacked.

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Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom: Net neutrality's next chapter: How experts saw today's milestone and next steps  —  Pardon me while I catch my breath after all the celebratory dancing I've been doing in the wake of the FCC's historic vote to reclassify broadband under Title II of the Communications Act in order to preserve true network neutrality.

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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica: Verizon mocks FCC ruling with Morse code response dated 1934, despite using Title II to its benefit  —  Verizon issues furious response to FCC, in Morse code, dated 1934  —  Verizon wants 1st Amendment right to edit the Web, but rules from 1934 are too old.

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Kevin McSpadden / TIME: Facebook launches new suicide prevention features linking users posting troubling messages to trained experts  —  How Facebook Is Helping Suicidal People  —  Facebook is going to give timelier help to users who post updates suggesting thoughts of suicide, the company announced on Wednesday.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Google makes mobile-friendliness a ranking signal, ranks apps with indexed deep links higher  —  Google Makes “Mobile-Friendliness” A Ranking Signal Worldwide, Boosts Indexed Apps In Search Results  —  Google today announced two notable changes that will affect the rankings of search results …

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Alex Barinka / Bloomberg Business: Aereo assets bring less than $2M at auction, firm hoped for $4M-$31.2M; TiVo buys trademark, customer lists, certain other assets  —  Aereo's Assets Sold for Peanuts at Bankruptcy Auction  —  Don't Miss Out —  (Bloomberg) — Aereo Inc., the online-TV service backed by Barry Diller …

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Juli Clover / MacRumors: Apple to Live Stream ‘Spring Forward’ Apple Watch Event on March 9  —  Apple today updated its website to notify users that it plans to live stream its Monday, March 9 media event that will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.  —  The event will be broadcast …

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Owen Williams / The Next Web: Vurb is a mobile search engine that helps you get things done without jumping between apps  —  Organizing friends to go out to the movies or dinner can be a pain; you jump between apps and websites as you try to figure out which restaurant to eat at, which movie to see, at what theatre, all the while trying to organize it over texts.

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: iOS grows to 73% enterprise share in Q4 2014, Android drops to 25%, and Windows Phone stays flat at 1%  —  Apple still rules the mobile enterprise space and is extending its lead. iOS gained another 4 percentage points, growing to 73 percent of global device activations in Q4 2014.

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Casey Newton / The Verge: Disqus relaunches to turn your comments into a Reddit-like social network  —  Disqus, which makes a popular website plug-in for hosting comments at the end of articles you read on the internet, relaunched its homepage today as a full-fledged social network.  Log in to your Disqus account …

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Neal Ungerleider / Fast Company: Mobile news app startup Circa launches fully featured responsive website  —  WHY CIRCA'S BRINGING NEWS FROM SMARTPHONES TO... YOUR WORK COMPUTER?  —  Mobile news app Circa is gearing up for a big change: They're jumping to the web.  A new responsive web homepage was officially unveiled …

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica: EFF unearths evidence of possible Superfish-style attacks in the wild  —  Crypto-busting apps may been exploited against visitors of Google and dozens more.  —  It's starting to look like Superfish and other software containing the same HTTPS-breaking code library may have posed more than a merely theoretical danger to Internet users.

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Chris Welch / The Verge: AT&T, Verizon, lobbyists, advocates, and others react to net neutrality ruling  —  These are reactions to the FCC's historic net neutrality vote  —  The FCC has just made history by placing broadband under Title II regulation in an attempt to permanently safeguard net neutrality.

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Mat Honan / BuzzFeed: FCC's enforcement of net neutrality rules confirms the Internet is a mainstream political issue  —  Now The Internet Belongs To Us — And To Politics  —  Thursday's net neutrality ruling was a victory for consumers.  It also ushers in a new age for the mainstream politics of the internet.

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Lizette Chapman / Wall Street Journal: Deep-linking startup Branch Metrics raises $15M Series A led by New Enterprise Associates  —  Branch Metrics Raises $15 Million to Scale Deep-Linking Technology  —  Private investors are continuing to plow cash into deep-linking startups, with Branch Metrics Inc. becoming the latest …

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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica: FCC enforces net neutrality, voting to regulate broadband providers as common carriers under Title II and ban paid fast lanes  —  FCC votes for net neutrality, a ban on paid fast lanes, and Title II  —  Internet providers are now common carriers, and they're ready to sue.

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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch: Opendoor Gets Another $20 Million To Simplify The Process Of Selling Your Home  —  It's only been about three months since home-sales marketplace Opendoor has been open for business, but it is already making its market on residential real estate in Phoenix, Ariz. As it looks to expand into two new cities …

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David Pierce / Wired: Motorola to launch Moto Maker tool for customizing Moto 360 watches in March  —  A Big Bet On Choice: Motorola Will Soon Let You Build Your Own Smartwatch  —  In March, Motorola will flip on a new version of Moto Maker, the tool it created to let users design a Moto X to their exact specifications.

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Toby Wolpe / ZDNet: Docker publicly launches Machine, Swarm, and Compose tools for orchestrating distributed apps  —  Docker Machine, Swarm, Compose: Now the orchestration tools roll out  —  Summary:Unveiled late last year in Amsterdam, the Docker orchestration services designed to facilitate multi-container distributed apps can now be downloaded.

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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop: Apple announces media event on March 9 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco; more Apple Watch details expected  —  ∞ Apple announces media event for March 9  —  Apple announces media event for March 9  —  Apple on Thursday sent out invites for a special event to be held on March 9, 2015.

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Mike Allen / Politico: Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney joins Amazon as senior vice president for Worldwide Corporate Affairs  —  Jay Carney to Amazon  —  Mike Allen's Politico Playbook will report: “Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney joins Amazon on Monday as senior vice president for Worldwide Corporate Affairs.

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Chris Welch / The Verge: FCC overrules state laws to help cities build out municipal broadband  —  Before it tackles net neutrality, the FCC is setting a major precedent for municipal broadband: it's just voted to preempt state laws that were preventing two cities from building out their own locally run broadband networks.

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Apple's iOS grabbed a record 88.7% of smartphone profits in Q4 2014, Android fell to a new low of 11.3%  —  Google may be winning the mobile OS market share race, but Apple continues to dominate in smartphone profits.  In fact, iOS grew its profit share to a new record high of 88.7 percent …

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