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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch: Smart home security device Canary, which started on Indiegogo, is now available at Best Buy, Amazon, and other major retailers for $249  —  Indiegogo Darling Canary Hits Best Buy For $249  —  Canary, the all-in-one smart home monitoring system that launched on Indiegogo in summer of 2013 …

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Bloomberg Business: Apple to expand iPhone trade-in program to China as soon as March 31 in partnership with Foxconn  —  Apple Plans China IPhone Trade-In Program With Foxconn  —  (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. plans to introduce a trade-in program for iPhones in China, people familiar with the effort said, after a similar program bolstered sales in the U.S.

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Elizabeth Dwoskin / Wall Street Journal: FTC rules Napster co-founder John Fanning's site jerk.com misled consumers, orders deletion of all personal data from the now-defunct site  —  FTC Rules Against Napster Co-Founder in Jerk.com Case  —  In a five-to-zero vote, the Federal Trade Commission ruled Wednesday that a website operated …

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Zac Bowden / WinBeta: Microsoft working on successor to Surface 2 tablet running full Windows instead of Windows RT, and Intel Atom or Core M processor  —  EXCLUSIVE: Microsoft is building a successor to the Surface 2 (RT), here are the first details  —  The Surface 2 is currently Microsoft's latest iteration of its Windows RT based tablet line-up.

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Rachel King / ZDNet: Red Hat beats Q4 earnings targets, announces $500 million stock buyback program  —  Summary:Red Hat shares were up approximately 5.2 percent shortly after the report hit the wires during after-hours trading.  —  Red Hat published fourth quarter and year-end financial results after the bell on Wednesday.

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Amy Schatz / Re/code: FTC Denies Report That Agency Ignored Staff Recommendation on Google  —  Three Federal Trade Commission members denied media reports that the agency essentially ignored a staff recommendation to sue Google during its 2012 investigation of the search giant's practices.

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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch: Nanigans Raises $24M To Fuel Asian Growth And Expand Its Ad Tools Beyond Facebook  —  Leading Facebook ad company Nanigans is announcing that it has raised $24 million in Series B funding.  —  In this case, it's is taking money from a big Asian investor — Chinese Internet company Cheetah Mobile.

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Martyn Williams / PC World: PayPal reaches $7.7M settlement with US Treasury for violating sanctions, allowing money transfers linked to terrorism and weapons of mass destruction  —  PayPal cited for ‘reckless disregard’ of U.S. sanctions  —  PayPal has reached a $7.7 million settlement with the U.S. Treasury …

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New York Times: Apple unable to persuade record labels to lower licensing costs for Beats streaming music service; will be priced similarly to rivals at around $10  —  Apple and Beats Developing Streaming Music Service to Rival Spotify  —  In what would be the biggest change to its music strategy in years …

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Elizabeth Weise / USA Today: Jury begins deliberations in Ellen Pao vs. Kleiner Perkins case after five weeks of testimony  —  Jury begins deliberations in Ellen Pao case  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Closing arguments in the sex discrimination suit against the venture capital firm of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers ended Wednesday.

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Rick Gladstone / New York Times: Loosely-organized online vigilantes battle ISIS by reporting suspect accounts to Twitter  —  Behind a Veil of Anonymity, Online Vigilantes Battle the Islamic State  —  They use screen aliases like IS Hunting Club, TouchMyTweets and The Doctor.  They troll Twitter for suspected accounts …

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Jessi Hempel / Wired: Zuckerberg downplays claim that Analytics for Apps, embeddable videos compete with Google products, talks about Facebook as a collection of services, more  —  Zuckerberg Wants to Move Fast and Help Everyone Make Money  —  In addition to preaching to developers, Facebook's CEO has long used …

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Brody Mullins / Wall Street Journal: Google's frequent visits to the White House during FTC antitrust probe highlight the company's reach in Washington  —  Google Makes Most of Close Ties to White House  —  Search giant averages a White House meeting a week during Obama administration  —  WASHINGTON—As the federal government …

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: David Marcus: Messenger Platform will help Messenger users discover apps, facilitate sharing, won't produce spam  —  Facebook Launches Messenger Platform For Content Tools And Chat With Businesses  —  Today at its F8 conference, Facebook announced its new Messenger Platform that will allow …

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Kurt Wagner / Re/code: Facebook Is Testing Continuous Autoplay for Videos  —  Sit back, relax, and enjoy a few hours of ... Facebook videos?  —  The social network is testing a new Netflix-like video feature that automatically plays another video once the one you're currently watching ends.

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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post: Top tech firms and privacy groups urge Congress to curb NSA surveillance powers ahead of key Patriot Act provisions expiring  —  Tech firms and privacy groups press for curbs on NSA surveillance powers  —  The nation's top technology firms and a coalition of privacy groups are urging Congress …

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TechCrunch: Amazon's On-Demand Services Marketplace Launches Monday  —  Amazon's Angie's List competitor called “Amazon Local Services” has been rebranded as “Amazon Home Services” ahead of a larger launch happening Monday, sources familiar with the plans tell TechCrunch.

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Barry Schwartz / Marketing Land: Highlights Of The FTC Staff Report On Google & Antitrust Issues  —  We've dug through the report for you and pulled out parts that seem especially interesting.  Come read along!  —  The Wall Street Journal has released the 2012 FTC staff report it received investigating Google on antitrust allegations.

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Todd Hamilton / Facebook Developers: Facebook introduces new share sheet, refreshed Comments Plugin that integrates with Pages, Share and Send button, and App Invites to share an app with a friend  —  Grow Your App By Helping People Share  —  Our goal is to make it easier for people to share great content from apps …

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Cade Metz / Wired: Facebook Unveils Immersive 360-Degree Video for News Feeds  —  Facebook is testing what it calls spherical videos, part of a new breed of online video you can “move through,” much like a 3D game.  —  Company founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the technology on Wednesday morning …

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Harshdeep Singh / Facebook Developers: Facebook releases Graph API v2.3 with better video management and real-time updates to Pages, Facebook SDK v4.0 for iOS and Android with native Share buttons  —  Introducing an updated Graph API and improved Facebook SDKs for iOS and Android  —  Today, we're excited to announce the launch of the new …

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Aydin Ghajar / Facebook Developers: Facebook introduces Analytics for Apps, giving marketers a view of how their Facebook-powered apps are performing across platforms  —  Introducing Facebook Analytics for Apps  —  Using Data To Improve Your Marketing and Build People-First Mobile Apps  —  Today we're releasing Facebook Analytics …

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Kurt Wagner / Re/code: Facebook Launches a Mobile Ad Exchange on Top of LiveRail  —  Facebook announced a number of expected updates to its ad product LiveRail at its F8 developer conference Wednesday, including the use of Facebook user data, instead of just Web cookies, to help advertisers target users outside of Facebook.

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Napier Lopez / The Next Web: Facebook introduces an embeddable video player  —  At its F8 conference today, Facebook announced it is introducing a video player that can be embedded onto other sites - finally.  —  Starting today, users will see an embed option on their videos.  They'll then be prompted to copy and paste the necessary HTML code onto their website.

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Jordan Novet / VentureBeat: Facebook's Parse unveils SDKs for the Internet of Things  —  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 April 3rd!

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