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Jessica E. Lessin / The Information: Jonathan Rosenberg, former SVP of products at Google, takes over robotics division temporarily  —  Rosenberg Takes Over Google Robotics, Temporarily  —  Google's robotics unit—the former pet project of Andy Rubin—has had its leadership shuffled as it remains in limbo.

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Gabe Aul / Blogging Windows: Microsoft releases new Windows 10 Technical Preview build with new Mail and Calendar apps  —  Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10061 now available  —  Today we are releasing a new Technical Preview build for PCs - 10061.  This build will be available to the Fast ring, and will be delivered via Windows Update.

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Ina Fried / Re/code: Google's Wireless Service: What It Means for Consumers, Google and the Carriers  —  Earlier today, Google officially announced its plans to offer its own wireless service under the Project Fi moniker.  —  As expected, the effort taps three networks: LTE networks from Sprint and T-Mobile along with a heavy dose of Wi-Fi.

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Office Blogs: Outlook for Android comes out of preview  —  Today we are excited to announce we have removed the preview label from Outlook for Android.  —  In January, we released Outlook for iOS and a preview of Outlook for Android.  At the time, the iOS version of Outlook was ahead of the Android version in terms of features and performance.

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Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica: How Google's Project Fi pricing stacks up to the competition  —  Is Google's new wireless service the cheapest out there?  It depends.  —  Google just announced Project Fi, its new MVNO wireless service for the Nexus 6.  Google hopes to shake up the industry with its control of the hardware, software, and network.

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Chris Bryant / Financial Times: Amazon partners with Audi for pilot program delivering packages to trunks of customers' vehicles in Munich, Germany  —  Amazon to deliver parcels to Audi boots  —  Amazon customers will be able to order parcels delivered directly to the boot of their car under a pilot scheme launched in Germany with carmaker Audi.

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TechCrunch: Facebook Messenger Makes 10% Of Global VOIP Calls, Sends 45B Messages Daily  —  Facebook Messenger wants to replace the telephone, not just SMS, and its on its way.  Messenger now makes up 10% of global Voice Over IP calls, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during today's Q1 2015 earnings call.

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Ina Fried / Re/code: Qualcomm beats Q2 expectations, but cuts forecast on Apple's strength and Samsung's move to own chips in Galaxy S6  —  Qualcomm Again Cuts Outlook, Blaming Apple, Samsung  —  Qualcomm on Wednesday cut its earnings forecast for the second time this year after reporting that its past quarter's …

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Mike Isaac / New York Times: eBay beats Q1 estimates with revenue of $4.45B largely boosted by PayPal, Marketplaces down 4%  —  PayPal Unit Helps Lifts EBay Revenue  —  EBay is speeding toward a split of its online marketplace and payments businesses into two companies.  For some analysts and investors, that day cannot come soon enough.

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Ina Fried / Re/code: AT&T Q1: wireless profit margins fall but 1.2M connections added, with 684K in connected cars  —  Connected Cars Boost AT&T's Subscriber Count, but Q1 Wireless Profit Margins Fall  —  AT&T said Wednesday that it added 1.2 million wireless connections to its network during the first quarter, including 684,000 connected cars.

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The Hill: House passes cybersecurity bill  —  The House on Wednesday passed the first major cybersecurity bill since the calamitous hacks on Sony Entertainment, Home Depot and JPMorgan Chase.  —  Passed 307-116, the Protecting Cyber Networks Act (PCNA), backed by House Intelligence Committee leaders …

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Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet: eBay posts strong Q1, revenue at $4.45 billion  —  Summary:As always, PayPal was the most significant growth driver for the quarter, bringing in $2.1 billion in revenue while increasing payment volume by 18 percent.  —  eBay Inc. reported first quarter earnings and revenue after the bell Wednesday …

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Facebook Has Mixed Q1 Earnings With Miss On $3.54B Revenue, Beat On $0.42 EPS, User Growth Up To Hit 1.44B  —  Facebook failed to beat earnings estimates in Q1 2015, coming in with mixed results after 10 straight quarters of beating them.  Its revenue of $3.54 billion fell short …

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Facebook: Facebook Reports First Quarter 2015 Results  —  Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2015.  —  “This was a strong start to the year,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO.  “We continue to focus on serving our community and connecting the world.”

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Blair Hanley Frank / GeekWire: Box launches Developer Edition to power enterprise applications from third parties … SAN FRANCISCO-Box announced a new Developer Edition of its cloud storage platform today that's designed to offer third-party developers the ability to leverage the company's storage tools in applications.

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Dan Primack / Fortune: Twitter ends program that let top executives sell stock at regular intervals  —  Exclusive: Twitter execs put stock sales on ice  —  Twitter has ended a program whereby top executives had been selling company stock at regular intervals, Fortune has learned.

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica: Flaw in iOS causes device to endlessly reboot after connecting to malicious Wi-Fi; iOS 8.3 may partially mitigate attack  —  iOS bug sends iPhones into endless crash cycle when exposed to rogue Wi-Fi  —  SSL cert parsing error allows attackers to create “No iOS Zone,” researchers say.

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Nick Fox / The Official Google Blog: Google's MVNO is called Project Fi, costs $20/month + $10/GB for data in US and abroad, available for Nexus 6, runs on Sprint and T-Mobile networks  —  Say hi to Fi: A new way to say hello  —  In today's mobile world, fast and reliable connectivity is almost second nature.

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Facebook Creative Labs releases Android dialer called Hello with robust caller ID, call blocking, and local business search  —  “Hello” Is Facebook's New Android-Only Social Caller ID App  —  Say goodbye to calls from unknown numbers.  Facebook's newest app Hello instantly matches phone numbers …

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Xbox Wire: Xbox One updated with over-the-air TV for the US and Canada, Miracast streaming support, more  —  New Features in Preview for Xbox App on Windows 10 and Xbox One  —  Xbox keeps getting better with more new features coming to preview this month for both Xbox One consoles and the Xbox app on Windows 10.

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Kyle Orland / Ars Technica: VR developers can now apply for free HTC Vive dev kits  —  Valve will start shipping to devs in Spring, though “supplies may be limited.”  —  Developers eager to get their hands on the Valve-supported HTC Vive can now sign up to be considered for a free developer kit.

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Ina Fried / Re/code: Microsoft Band now integrates with cycling apps Strava and MapMyRide, offers in-depth sleep information, maximum oxygen levels during workouts, more  —  Microsoft Bulks Up Fitness Band With Cycling Features, Sleep Data  —  Aiming to be a more serious player in the fitness space …

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Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica: Intel Compute Stick review: its small size, energy efficiency, and low price of $149, comes at the expense of barely acceptable performance and few ports  —  Intel's Compute Stick: A full PC that's tiny in size (and performance)  —  Mini-review: Atom-powered mini PC is a good streaming stick but a slow desktop.

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Leo Kelion / BBC: AdBlock Plus defeats German publishers in court  —  The German publishers challenged AdBlock Plus's right to suppress ads on their web pages  —  The creator of software that stops adverts from appearing on websites has defeated two news publishers that want to prevent its tech being used on their pages.

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Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal: Selfie app Shots raises $8.5M, led by Chinese VC firm WI Harper, adds more social features  —  Selfie App Shots Moves Beyond Bieber With $8.5 Million in Funding  —  Shots, a mobile app for sharing selfies, owes much of its early popularity to Justin Bieber.

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