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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac: Apple officially names Steve Dowling as Vice President of Communications  —  @markgurman April 16, 201525 minutes ago  —  Apple has officially named long time director of public relations Steve Dowling as its new Vice President of Communications, as noted on the company's executive bios webpage.

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Snapchat Is Paying Ex-Apple Exec Scott Forstall 0.11% To Be An Advisor  —  A leaked email from the Sony Pictures hack indicates Snapchat set aside .11% of its stock for former Apple head of iOS Scott Forstall to be an advisor.  —  Michael Lynton, Sony Pictures' CEO, is a Snapchat board member …

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Ryan Smith / AnandTech: AMD Exits Dense Microserver Business, Ends SeaMicro Brand  —  AMD's Q1'15 earnings announcement just came out a bit ago, and while we're still waiting for the analyst call to take place to get more details, there is one item we want to get to right away, and that's the fate of AMD's dense server business.

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Brett Howse / AnandTech: AMD's Q1 earnings miss with non-GAAP loss of $0.09/share on $1.03B revenue, down 16.9% from last quarter  —  AMD Posts Q1 2015 Results: $180 Million Net Loss  —  Today AMD released their Q1 FY 2015 financial results, and the company reported revenue of $1.03 billion for the quarter.

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Google's mobile search results on Android now prompt users to install apps that have content relevant to the search query  —  Google's Mobile Search Results On Android Now Prompt Users To Install Apps With Relevant Content  —  Google's mobile search results on Android will now prompt …

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Michael Ducker / The Twitter Blog: Twitter's Fabric adds tools to let developers add Tweet timelines to iOS and Android apps, let apps access content from API without user login  —  Introducing timelines and guest authentication to Twitter Kit  —  Today, we're pleased to introduce two new features for Twitter Kit on Fabric …

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TechCrunch: Airware Launches Its Commercial Drone Operating System  —  Drones could save businesses big money by doing dull, dirty, and dangerous jobs much better than humans or helicopters.  The problem is that drones can be difficult to program and pilot.  Airware is out to change that with today's launch of its Aerial Information Platform.

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Cyrus Lee / ZDNet: With Android Wear unavailable in China, Baidu previews Android-based DuWear smartwatch OS  —  Baidu previews Android smartwatch OS  —  Summary:Chinese search-engine giant Baidu has officially launched the advertising campaign for its Android-based smartwatch OS, which supports various devices including …

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Juli Clover / MacRumors: Apple Seeds First OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite Beta to Developers  —  Apple today seeded the first beta of OS X 10.10.4 to developers, just over a week after releasing OS X 10.10.3 with the Photos for OS X app to the public.  —  The new beta, build 14E7f, can be downloaded from the Mac Developer Center.

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TechCrunch: Etsy Stock Surges 86 Percent At Close Of First Day Of Trading to $30 Per Share  —  Etsy, the online marketplace for handmade goods, went public today.  It turns out Wall Street investors like those homespun crafts.  Shares opened at $31 on the NASDAQ, popping up 94 percent from the initial set price of $16 per share.

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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica: Netflix will stop asking ISPs to exempt its videos from data caps  —  Netflix regrets striking cap-exempt deal in Australia.  —  Netflix says it regrets striking a deal that exempted its videos from data caps imposed by an Internet service provider and will avoid such arrangements in the future.

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Kyle Russell / TechCrunch: Google launches “Works With Google Cardboard” program to certify VR headsets that are compatible with Cardboard software  —  Google Announces Certification Program For Cardboard Clones  —  Google Cardboard has been a surprise hit among early adopters, giving an intentionally cheap …

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Alyson Shontell / Business Insider: Mobile shopping app Spring raises $25M Series B led by BoxGroup, with participation from Yuri Milner, Google Ventures, and others  —  Swipe-to-buy app Spring raises $25 million to become the first big mobile shopping mall  —  Spring, an eight-month-old shopping app that partners with hundreds of brands …

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Updated Google app for Android lets you locate and ring your device by typing “find my phone” into Google search box on desktop  —  You can now Google your lost Android phone  —  Despite all its efforts in various markets, Google is still primarily a search company.

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Natt Garun / The Next Web: WikiLeaks launches easy search interface for 30K documents and emails from Sony Pictures hack  —  WikiLeaks releases a searchable archive of hacked Sony Pictures emails and documents  —  WikiLeaks today released “The Sony Archives,” a searchable online database that the organization claims contain …

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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land: Problems & Solutions: Analyzing The EU's Antitrust Charges Against Google Over Shopping Search  —  After years of investigation, we finally have a formal EU antitrust complaint against Google in search.  It's narrow — all about shopping search.  Here's a look at the specific charges and what they might mean for the search engine.

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Russell Holly / Android Central: Cyanogen's Microsoft deal includes removable apps and ‘contextual’ suggestions  —  As details emerge, the Cyanogen/Microsoft deal isn't nearly as cringeworthy as many originally suspected.  —  There aren't a whole lot of Android users out there who enjoy seeing the words “Microsoft apps included” …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Mozilla prepares marketing and product push in attempt to stop its decline, will release Firefox for iOS; president Li Gong and mobile VP Rick Fant to leave  —  As Mozilla Prepares Firefox Fightback, President Li Gong And Mobile VP Rick Fant Leave  —  Mozilla and its Firefox browser …

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Lizette Chapman / Wall Street Journal: Navdy, maker of a gadget that projects info onto car windshields, raises $20M Series A at $80M valuation led by Upfront Ventures  —  Driving Display Startup Navdy Raises $20M to Start Commercial Production … Seeking to end the dangerous juggle many smartphone-wielding drivers do when navigating …

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Jordan Novet / VentureBeat: Slack confirms raising $160M at a $2.8B valuation with new investors including DST Global, IVP, and Horizons Ventures, claims 750K daily users  —  Slack confirms $160M funding round at $2.8B valuation  —  Slack, that San Francisco startup with an increasingly popular team communication app …

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New York Times: China suspends policy requiring audits, source code, and backdoors from foreign tech companies serving banks  —  China Suspends Rules on Tech Companies Serving Banks  —  HONG KONG — A policy that would effectively push foreign technology companies out of China's banking sector has been suspended …

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Jim Young / Reuters: Target settles with MasterCard, will pay card issuing banks $19M for 2013 data breach; settlement with Visa still pending  —  Target announces $19 million data breach settlement with MasterCard  —  (Reuters) - Target Corp said it had agreed to reimburse about $19 million to financial institutions …

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Ellen Cushing / BuzzFeed: Apple buys around 36K acres of private forestland to be managed by The Conservation Fund and sustainably harvested for packaging  —  Apple Is Buying Up 36,000 Acres Of Forest To Preserve It  —  The partnership with The Conservation Fund will supply much of the company's virgin paper fiber.

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Ruth Reader / VentureBeat: Etsy opens at $31, up 93% from IPO price, valuing company at over $3.5B  —  Etsy starts trading on the Nasdaq at $31 per share — nearly double its original price  —  Etsy began trading on the Nasdaq at $31.86 a share — a big pop from the $16 a share price the company set yesterday.

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Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet: Cloud startup Vlocity raises $42 million led by Salesforce Ventures  —  Summary:Vlocity has honed in on the industry-specific cloud approach, with a portfolio built entirely on the Salesforce Customer Success Platform.  —  Industry cloud startup Vlocity has raised $42.8 million …

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