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Tom Warren / The Verge: Microsoft overhauls Outlook.com with new interface, “Clutter” email filtering, add-ins, improved Skype integration, more; rolls out to test group today  —  Microsoft is overhauling Outlook.com with a new look and features  —  Microsoft is migrating its Outlook.com email service …

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Taylor Soper / GeekWire: Wave Broadband raises $130M to expand gigabit fiber Internet network across West Coast … To help expand its growing fiber network, Wave Broadband today announced $130 million in additional funding.  —  The fresh cash comes through a corporate bond led by Deutsche Bank, with participation from Wells Fargo, Sun Trust, and RBC Daniels.

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Alexander Martin / Wall Street Journal: Nikesh Arora to replace Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son as Yahoo Japan Chairman  —  Arora to Replace Softbank CEO Son as Yahoo Japan Chairman  —  SoftBank Corp. chief executive Masayoshi Son will step down as chairman of Yahoo Japan Corp.'s board of directors to be replaced by Nikesh Arora …

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Joseph Menn / Reuters: US proposes tighter export controls limiting sales of zero-day flaw information outside US without special license  —  U.S. aims to limit exports of undisclosed software flaws  —  The U.S. Commerce Department proposed new export controls Wednesday that would treat unknown software flaws …

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Wall Street Journal: H-P to Sell 51% of Chinese Data-Networking Unit to Tsinghua Holdings  —  Buyer is expected to pay $2.3 billion for majority control of H3C Technologies  —  Hewlett-Packard Co. plans to unveil sweeping changes to its business in China, including the sale of a majority stake …

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac: Apple readies Transit subway, train + bus guides for iOS 9 Maps, deploys robots for indoor mapping  —  Having originally planned to add a new transit directions feature to Maps last year, only to pull the feature before WWDC 2014, Apple now hopes to launch its Transit service with iOS 9, according to sources.

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Ruth Reader / VentureBeat: Shopify pops 65% on the NYSE, starts trading above $28 per share  —  E-commerce platform Shopify began trading above $28 a share, up from the $17 per share price the company originally set last night.  —  The company put up 7.7 million shares of stock for sale this morning …

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Robin Sidel / Wall Street Journal: FICO: theft of debit card data from bank ATMs is up 174% YoY, up 317% at nonbank machines  —  Theft of Debit-Card Data From ATMs Soars  —  Thieves are stealing information to make counterfeit plastic  —  Criminals are stealing card data from U.S. automated teller machines at the highest rate …

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Stephen Hall / 9to5Mac: Video On Demand content comes to mobile Twitch app in latest update  —  Twitch announced today that its mobile application now supports video on demand content, a feature that has been requested by fans of the service for quite some time.  While the app was previously limited to live streaming …

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: YouTube live streams now support HTML5 playback and 60fps video  —  YouTube today announced it is enabling HTML5 playback for live streams.  At the same time, live streams can now be viewed at 60 frames-per-second.  —  A few puzzle pieces had to come together to make this possible.

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CBC News: US, Canada, UK, Australia, and New Zealand planned to hijack Google and Samsung app stores to implant spyware  —  Spy agencies target mobile phones, app stores to implant spyware  —  Users of millions of smartphones put at risk by certain mobile browser gaps, Snowden file shows

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Samuel Gibbs / Guardian: Troll uses Twitter adverts to urge transgender people to kill themselves  —  Promoted tweet from fake account purporting to be that of Australian feminist campaigner inserts transphobic content into Twitter users' timelines  —  Twitter users have expressed outrage at a troll's use …

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Josh Lowensohn / The Verge: QuizUp is trying to reinvent itself by turning into a social network  —  One of the strangest things any company can do is suddenly shove a social network in your face.  It's even worse when a service you're used to suddenly gets socialized in a way that is unavoidable.

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Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat: Amazon's Prime Now service will start delivering from local stores in Manhattan  —  Amazon announced today that its Prime Now service will now start delivering goods from local stores in Manhattan, with plans to expand soon to other communities later this year.

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Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac: Many iCloud services down or slow to respond - 11 different services affected  —  Apple's system status page is showing a substantial issue with iCloud services, the issues affecting eleven different serices and persisting for four hours and counting at the time of writing.

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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: Google Webmaster Tools Rebrands To Google Search Console  —  Google announced they have renamed Google Webmaster Tools to Google Search Console.  —  The ten year old name for the toolset designed for webmasters, publishers and business owners is changing to Google Search Console.  Why?

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Lenovo Shipped Record 18.7M Smartphones in Q4 2014, But Profit Dropped 37%  —  Lenovo just completed its first full quarter of business as the owner of Motorola and, with its $2.91 billion acquisition from Google under its wing, the Chinese company shipped a record 18.7 million smartphones in its most recent Q4 2014 quarter.

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Marco Arment / Marco.org: Apple's new MacBook, with its shallow keyboard and Force Touch trackpad, makes major usability compromises for thinness  —  Mistake One  —  MacBook “One”, 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, and Hops for scale.  —  I've had mixed luck with impulse buys.  —  As a kid, I impulse-bought Marble Madness for my Sega Genesis.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Comcast Now Supports HBO GO And Showtime On Amazon Fire TV Devices  —  Cable operator Comcast historically has been stingy and slow when it comes to expanding access to services like HBO GO on third-party devices.  That's why today's news that HBO GO as well as Showtime Anytime will be made available …

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Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal: Delta cuts off over a dozen travel sites including Hipmunk and TripAdvisor from its flight and fare data, as travel sites fear more airlines may follow suit  —  Travel Websites Allege Delta Air Lines Is Shutting Them Out  —  Carrier says it reserves right to decide where and how flight, fare data is displayed

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Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch: Tilt, formerly Crowdtilt, has raised new funding valuing the company at $400M, as it eyes international markets  —  Tilt's Global Ambitions Grow As It Reaches A $400M Valuation  —  This year — like many rapidly growing startups — is a year of major international expansion for Tilt …

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Pew Internet: Pew Report: 69% of US adults are not confident social networks will keep their data private and secure  —  Americans' Attitudes About Privacy, Security and Surveillance  —  The cascade of reports following the June 2013 government surveillance revelations by NSA contractor Edward Snowden …

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Elizabeth Weise / USA Today: Birth dates, names, emails, and addresses of 1.1M DC-area customers of health insurer CareFirst potentially accessed in a June 2014 cyberattack  —  1.1 million CareFirst members in D.C.-area potentially breached  —  As many as 1.1 million Washington D.C. BlueCross BlueShield members …

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Josh Lowensohn / The Verge: Uber poached 50 experts in vehicle autonomy from Carnegie Mellon's National Robotics Engineering Center, a third of the lab's staff  —  Uber gutted Carnegie Mellon's top robotics lab to build self-driving cars  —  This January, as much of the world was getting over its post-holiday hangovers …

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code: Stripe is in talks to raise at a $5B valuation, just seven months after its last round that valued the company at $3.5B  —  Stripe to Land $5 Billion Valuation in New Investment  —  In Silicon Valley, the rich keeping get richer.  —  Stripe, the online payments company …

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