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Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider: New search deal with Microsoft requires Yahoo to monetize just 51% of its traffic via Bing, not 100% as before  —  Marissa Mayer redoes Yahoo's search deal with Microsoft, makes huge changes  —  Yahoo just renewed its search partnership with Microsoft — with huge modifications.

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Politico: Spotify hires four lobbyists on issues like competition and licensing, as Justice Department, Congress weigh music streaming  —  Spotify turns up volume in D.C.  —  The online streaming service hires four lobby firms on issues like competition and licensing, as it gears up to do battle with Apple.

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Yahoo: Microsoft and Yahoo Agree to Amend Search Partnership  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif. & REDMOND, Wash.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—  Today Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Yahoo (Nasdaq: YHOO) announced that the companies amended their search partnership to improve the search experience, create value for advertisers …

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Google Opens Cloud Dataflow To All Developers, Launches European Zone For BigQuery  —  Google is launching a couple of updates to its cloud-based big data products at the Hadoop Summit in Brussels today.  These include the launch of the open beta of Cloud Dataflow, Google's new service …

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Cyanogen partners with Microsoft to create native integrations of Bing, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Office on Cyanogen OS  —  Microsoft will bundle its apps on Cyanogen's Android OS  —  Rumors of a Microsoft and Cyanogen partnership have been making the rounds recently, and the Android mod maker is confirming them today.

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Romain Dillet / TechCrunch: European online banking startup Number26 raises $10.6M in Series A led by Peter Thiel's Valar Ventures  —  Number26 Grabs $10.6 Million To Bring Its Bank Of The Future To Everyone  —  It feels like Number26 opened its doors yesterday, but the young startup just raised a $10.6 million Series A round …

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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land: Bing Reaches 20 Percent Search Market Share Milestone In US  —  Bing has hit 20 percent market share in the US according to new data from comScore.  The slow and steady gains resulting in today's milestone have come mostly at the expense of Search Alliance partner Yahoo.

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Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac: Ahrendts memo: no Apple Watch in-store purchases until June, pre-orders start arriving this Friday; April 24th launch date removed from Apple's website  —  No Apple Watches in store until June, Ahrendts tells staff as April 24th date removed from website  —  Angela Ahrendts has told Apple Store staff …

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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider: KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple makes “last-minute decision” to use TSMC for 30% of A9 chip orders for next iPhone  —  Apple makes ‘last-minute decision’ to use TSMC for 30% of ‘A9’ chip orders for next iPhone  —  Facing poor yield rates from chipmaker GlobalFoundries …

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Erich Schwartzel / Wall Street Journal: VR content-maker Virtual Reality Co, which works with directors like Spielberg, raising $23M  —  Virtual-Reality Projects Get Hollywood Treatment  —  Directors like Steven Spielberg are creating content for immersive offerings ahead of consumer headset push

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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac: KGI estimates over 2.3M Apple Watch pre-orders, 85% Sport, less than 1% Edition. Run rate pegged at 2-3M/month  —  KGI estimates over 2.3M Apple Watch pre-orders, 85% Sport,  —  In a new report from KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo, the very analyst with an impressive track record estimates …

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica: Virginia e-voting systems relied on weak hard-coded passwords, trivial Wi-Fi security, unpatched OS  —  Meet the e-voting machine so easy to hack, it will take your breath away  —  Virginia decertifies device that used weak passwords and wasn't updated in 10 years.

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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land: Google Maps loophole lets man add verified listing for “Edward's Snow Den” inside White House  —  How A Long-Standing Google Maps Loophole Let This Man Put Edward Snowden In The White House  —  Does the name Bryan Seely ring a bell?  He's the guy last year who managed …

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CNN: US government report: planes with avionics and passengers on same network could theoretically be vulnerable to hackers  —  GAO: Newer aircraft vulnerable to hacking  —  Commercial pilot John Barton told CNN, “We've had hackers get into the Pentagon, so getting into an airplane computer system …

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Kathleen Chaykowski / Forbes: Snapchat tries to poach Uber employees using a geolocation filter that appears near Uber's HQ showing an url for its jobs page  —  Snapchat Sneakily Uses Its Own App To Poach Uber Engineers  —  Uber Technologies and Snapchat are among the world's most valuable startups and have raised billions of dollars between them.

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Ola, Uber's rival in India, closes $400M Series E led by DST Global as it looks to expand its network to over 200 cities  —  Ola, Uber's Big Rival In India, Raises $400M To Grow To 200 Cities This Year  —  Ola, the largest rival to Uber in India, has announced that it has raised …

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Kara Swisher / Re/code: Sources: Jawbone closes $300M investment round from BlackRock, giving it a valuation of about $3B  —  Jawbone to Launch Payments Wearable With Amex, as It Closes a $300M Investment Round  —  “Reports of our death are greatly exaggerated,” said Jawbone CEO Hosain Rahman to me earlier today in an interview in New York.

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Kia Kokalitcheva / Fortune: Acorns, the app that automatically invests your spare change, raises $23 million  —  Opening and managing an investment account can be intimidating for a lot of people, but what if a simple smartphone app could take care of it all for you?  —  Acorns, a eight-month old smartphone app built …

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Devindra Hardawar / Engadget: Jawbone announces $199 Up4 fitness band with NFC for AmEx payments and mid-range $100 Up2 band  —  Jawbone unveils mid-range Up2, AmEx-powered Up4 health bands  —  We're still waiting for Jawbone's long-delayed Up3 to start shipping next week, but that's not stopping it from debuting two new health bands today.

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Chance Miller / 9to5Google: Meerkat announces public beta for upcoming Android app  —  Popular live streaming app Meerkat has announced today that it is opening up a public beta for its upcoming Android client.  Currently, Meerkat is available only on iOS.  Meerkat promised Android support when it first launch, as did its primary competitor, Periscope.

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Mark Bergen / Re/code: What's Next for Google and the EU?  It Could Be a Quick Settlement.  —  Google's antitrust standoff with the European Union, a tumultuous legal tug-of-war begun in February 2010, reached a climax this morning with the EU laying the foundation for a formal complaint against Google for abusing its market position.

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Howard Blume / Los Angeles Times: L.A. school district ditches iPad curriculum, seeks refund from Apple  —  The Los Angeles Unified School District has canceled further plans to use expensive curriculum that was part of a $1.3-billion effort to provide iPads to every student, teacher and campus administrator.

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Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard: DEA has been buying spyware produced by Italian surveillance tech firm Hacking Team since 2012  —  The DEA Has Been Secretly Buying Hacking Tools From an Italian Company  —  The Drug Enforcement Administration has been buying spyware produced by the controversial Italian surveillance tech …

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Google Research launches handwriting input keyboard in Play Store, rendering text and emojis, supports 82 languages  —  Google Launches Handwriting Input For Text And Emoji On Android  —  Google Research today launched its latest project: Google Handwriting Input.

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Wall Street Journal: Chinese Drone Maker DJI in Talks to Raise Funding at Valuation of $10 Billion  —  DJI expects revenue to top $1 billion this year  —  Chinese consumer drone maker DJI is in talks to raise funding at a valuation as high as $10 billion, according to people familiar with the matter …

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