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Zac Hall / 9to5Mac: Apple begins releasing the first set of third-party Watch apps from AliPay, Evernote, Expedia, Line, NYT, Target, WeChat, WSJ, more  —  Apple begins releasing the first set of third-party Apple Watch apps  —  The Apple Watch is still almost a month away from shipping and 15 days away …

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Tom Dotan / The Information: Google partners with Mummy producer Sean Daniel Co. to make its augmented reality game Ingress into a TV show  —  Google Takes Its Web Game to TV  —  When Google launched a gaming studio five years ago, it was largely an effort to keep a valued employee.  Now, the first game developed by the studio …

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Google Cloud Launcher Lets Developers Quickly Deploy Over 120 Popular Open-Source Packages  —  Google and Bitnami are launching a new feature for Google's Cloud Platform today that makes it easier for developers to deploy over 120 popular open-source applications to its Cloud Platform.

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Gordon Mah Ung / PC World: New 3D NAND flash will triple capacity of SSDs, Intel and Micron say  —  Standard consumer SSDs will increase up to an astounding 10TB of storage, thanks to a new type of 3D NAND flash memory that Intel and Micron introduced Thursday morning.  —  The two companies, longtime joint partners …

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Alex Konrad / Forbes: How Super Angel Chris Sacca Made Billions, Burned Bridges And Crafted The Best Seed Portfolio Ever  —  Between the parade of wet suits and abundant seafood and yoga joints, Manhattan Beach, just south of Los Angeles, tries to cling fast to its surf town roots.  It's a tough battle.

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Tom Occhino / Facebook Code: Facebook open sources React Native framework for building native apps for iOS with JavaScript, Android support coming soon  —  React Native: Bringing modern web techniques to mobile  —  If you're new to React, you can read more about it on the React website.

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Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal: Slack's next funding round of up to $160M will value company at $2.8B, to include new investors IVP, Horizons Ventures, Index Ventures, DST Global  —  Slack's Valuation More Than Doubles to $2.8 Billion in Five Months  —  The growing popularity of workplace collaboration tool Slack …

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James Vincent / The Verge: Social news app Nuzzel arrives on Android  —  Nuzzel for Android lets you know what stories your friends are talking about  —  Nuzzel is basically a free social RSS reader for news stories shared by your friends.  The service — which is already available on the web and iOS — launches on Android today.

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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times: Microsoft requiring its 2K contractors to provide 15 paid days of sick leave and vacation  —  Corporate Peer Pressure: From Microsoft, a Novel Way to Mandate Sick Leave  —  From Microsoft, a Novel Way to Mandate Sick Leave  —  The company announced that many of its 2,000 contractors …

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Ex-Beats Music CEO David Hyman's music competition app Chosen launches as invite-only beta  —  Crush Someone's Dreams In Music Competition And Judging App Chosen  —  If American Idol was mobile-first, it'd be Chosen.  Built by ex-CEO of Beats Music, Gracenote, and Mog David Hyman …

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James Trew / Engadget: Create apps for your quadcopter with 3D Robotics' free ‘DroneKit’ software  —  3D Robotics develops the open source software that powers a lot of home brew UAVs.  Today it's introducing a new tool to the public: DroneKit, software that allows anyone to create apps for, well, drones!

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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch: Behind the launch of Periscope, Twitter's live video streaming app  —  The World In 'Scope  —  Movies, financial markets and fashion trends all fall into frenzies, dips and lulls.  Consumer apps are much the same.  —  Whether it's photo-sharing, anonymity or live streaming …

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Spencer Woodman / The Verge: Exclusive: Amazon makes even temporary warehouse workers sign 18-month non-competes  —  Contract says it can limit jobs across the globe  —  Amazon is the country's largest and most sophisticated online retailer, but it still runs largely on manual labor.  Scattered around the country …

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Larry Dignan / ZDNet: Cloud ERP firm FinancialForce that runs on Salesforce's platform raises $110M  —  FinancialForce raises $110 million in funding  —  Summary:The cloud ERP player is now hitting an annual revenue run rate of about $50 million and plans to spend the dough on product development, sales and various corporate functions.

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Mike Isaac / New York Times: Lyft adds optional user profiles for drivers and passengers to its app  —  Lyft Adds Profiles to Make Ride Sharing More Personalized  —  In 1971, Herb Kelleher, a founder of Southwest Airlines, had an idea: As competition in the burgeoning airline industry intensified, he wanted to make his small …

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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters: Zynga must face lawsuit alleging fraud tied to IPO  —  (Reuters) - Zynga Inc must face a lawsuit accusing the online gaming company known for “FarmVille” of defrauding shareholders about its prospects before and after its December 2011 initial public offering.

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac: Apple Watch launch retail stock to be limited for many models, reservations favored  —  If you want to buy the Apple Watch model of your choice at an Apple Store at launch, you should consider pre-ordering online or through an Apple Store reservation, sources have told 9to5Mac.

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Google Will Not Integrate Its Dart Programming Language Into Chrome  —  Dart is not coming to Chrome, Google announced today.  —  The lingua franca of the web is JavaScript, but with Dart, Google launched a project that effectively aimed to replace JavaScript.

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New York Times: New York Police to use IdeaScale social crowdsourcing platform to solicit tips and concerns from residents  —  New York Police to Use Social Media to Connect With Residents  —  The New York Police Department has faced its share of pushback on social media, most memorably when it solicited photos …

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Google to improve scrolling in Chrome with support for Pointer Events, a standard introduced by Microsoft in Internet Explorer  —  Google will finally improve Chrome scrolling using a Microsoft invention  —  Google is finally adopting a standard that supports both mouse and touch navigation for its Chrome browser.

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Josh Taylor / ZDNet: Australia passes law requiring telcos to retain customer data for two years for warrantless access  —  Mandatory data retention passes Australian parliament  —  Summary:The government and Labor have jointly ensured that the telecommunications data of all Australians will be retained …

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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: Amazon Cloud Drive goes unlimited: $11.99/year for photos and $59.99/year for everything  —  Amazon has announced two unlimited storage plans for its cloud-based storage service, Amazon Cloud Drive, which sees a massive price reduction for its giant hard-drive in the sky.  —  The plans focus on two specific scenarios.

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Adam Lashinsky / Fortune: Profile: since replacing the legendary Jobs, Tim Cook has led Apple to even greater financial success and changed the culture of the company  —  Apple's Tim Cook leads different  —  Tim Cook assumed he was ready for the harsh glare that shines on Apple's AAPL CEO.

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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica: Comcast/TWC merger review to last until mid-2015 after months of delays  —  Comcast originally expected to close the deal in 2014.  —  After months of delays, Comcast now says government review of its proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC) will now stretch into the middle of 2015.

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Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal: Twitter to Surpass Yahoo in U.S. Display Ad Revenue, eMarketer Says  —  Twitter is set to take Yahoo 's place as the third-largest seller of online display advertising in the U.S., according to eMarketer.  —  The social media site is expected to claim 5% of the U.S. display ad market this year …

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