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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge: SmartThings poaches Amazon engineering director Robert Parker to oversee future hardware and software development as its new SVP of engineering  —  SmartThings poaches Amazon engineering director to start simplifying the smart home  —  SmartThings has hired Robert Parker away from Amazon …

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Jim Finkle / Reuters: Researchers: cybercriminals used malware to subvert the SWIFT interbank messaging network and steal $81M from Bangladesh's central bank; SWIFT releases patch  —  Bangladesh Bank hackers compromised SWIFT software, warning issued  —  The attackers who stole $81 million from the Bangladesh …

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Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal: Sources: Apple is working on adding cell-network connectivity, faster processor to its next-generation Watch  —  Apple's Watch Outpaced the iPhone in First Year  —  Despite sizable sales, Apple's latest product has challenges to overcome  —  Apple Inc. sold twice as many Watches as iPhones in each device's debut year.

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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac: Microsoft releases Word Flow keyboard for iPhone with one-handed mode, custom backgrounds  —  Microsoft is bringing its predictive Windows Phone keyboard, called Word Flow, to the iPhone.  The third-party keyboard is now available for free in the US App Store.

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CNET: New Roku Streaming Stick review: fast, cheap at $50, “private listening” via Bluetooth is a great value, but WiFi-only and has no Ethernet ports or 4K support  —  Small is beautiful (and fast)  —  If you think there must be some benefit to the larger size of a device like the Roku 2, let me disabuse you of that notion.

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Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes: BeautifulPeople.com Leaks Very Private Data of 1.1 Million ‘Elite’ Daters — And It's All For Sale  —  Sexual preference.  Relationship status.  Income.  Address.  These are just some details applicants for the controversial dating site BeautifulPeople.com are asked to supply …

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Ron Miller / TechCrunch: OpenText acquires HP's customer experience content management assets for $170M, says it expects they will generate between $85M and $95M in the first year  —  OpenText acquires HP customer experience content management for $170 million  —  OpenText, the Canadian content management company …

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Laura Shin / Forbes: Bitstamp bitcoin exchange gets licensed by Luxembourg, license will apply in 28 EU countries  —  Bitstamp Becomes First Nationally Licensed Bitcoin Exchange; License Applies In 28 EU Countries  —  On Monday, Bitstamp announced that Luxembourg has granted it a payment institution license …

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Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica: Chrome OS source code hints at upcoming Google Play Store support for the platform  —  It looks like the Play Store is headed to Chrome OS with “millions” of apps  —  Google Play integration clues pop up in the source code and on users' devices.  —  The work-in-progress dialog box that a user was able to bring up.

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Leena Rao / Fortune: COO Vishal Makhijani appointed Udacity's CEO; Sebastian Thrun steps down, but will remain president and chairman  —  Sebastian Thrun Steps Down As Udacity's CEO  —  Udacity's founder Sebastian Thrun is stepping down as chief executive officer, the company announced on Friday.

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Private equity owned eBay Enterprise merges with Innotrac, rebrands as Radial  —  Ebay Enterprise merges with Innotrac to become Radial  —  Ebay sold off its enterprise unit to a consortium of companies led by private equity firm Permira last year.  That consortium included Sterling Partners, Longview Asset Management and Innotrac.

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Susan Crawford / Backchannel: A fiber optic network project by 31 Massachusetts towns is indefinitely delayed because of state apathy and delays in approval and funding  —  Why Western Mass Doesn't Have the Internet  —  A new report about Western Mass's fiber fiasco sheds light on the national failure to provide high-speed digital access to rural America

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Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica: High-end smartphones priced at about $400 are on the rise, disrupting $700 flagships  —  The rise of the $400 smartphone—you want how much for a flagship?  —  Newcomers to the smartphone market are arriving with disruptive pricing.  —  For a long time, the cost of a fast …

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Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard: DARPA seeks encrypted comms app with blockchain infrastructure, message repudiation, self-deleting messages, more in Small Business Technology Transfer request  —  DARPA Is Looking For The Perfect Encryption App, and It's Willing to Pay  —  While the FBI keeps crying wolf about the dangerous dark future …

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John Herrman / New York Times: Vox is launching a gadget blog, Circuit Breaker, on Monday, primarily as a Facebook page, with a section on The Verge's website as well  —  Vox Media Tries Something Old on Something New  —  Vox Media, the ambitious online news start-up that runs Vox, a politics site; SB Nation …

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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: Sirin Labs says it raised $72M to launch Solarin, a $10K+ Android-based, privacy-focused “Rolls-Royce of smartphones”, alongside retail store in London this May  —  Sirin Labs nabs $72M to build the Rolls-Royce of smartphones: ‘Solarin’ goes on sale in May

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Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal: YouTube capturing only a sliver of TV ad spending, with higher CPMs and content quality among the major concerns for advertisers  —  YouTube's Quest for TV Advertising Dollars  —  While the Google platform has had the most success siphoning off some TV ad spending, its challenges offer a cautionary tale for Facebook, Twitter

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Colin Lecher / The Verge: How FCC's reallocation of TV spectrum to the wireless industry over the next few years will work  —  How the FCC's massive airwaves auction will change America — and your phone service  —  The system that underpins wireless communication in the United States is about to dramatically change.

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Jessi Hempel / Wired: Pinterest execs and engineers discuss overhauling its underlying software, its new iOS app, plans to capture international audiences, more  —  Pinterest Reinvents Itself to Prove It's Really Worth Billions  —  It's a week before Pinterest will announce its biggest engineering and design overhaul ever …

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Callum Leslie / The Daily Dot: PwC: eSports industry will make $463M in revenue in 2016, up 43% from 2015  —  Esports will earn a half billion in revenue this year according to PwC report  —  Esports will earn $500 million in revenue this year, according to a new report by PwC, the latest major financial services firm …

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Handelsblatt: Sources: Apple has a Berlin office seeking engineers and partners for a car project; talks with BMW and Daimler ended, Magna believed to be current favorite  —  Exclusive: BMW, Daimler Reject Cooperation with Apple over “iCar”  —  German carmakers Daimler and BMW have ended talks with Apple …

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Nathan McAlone / Business Insider: Sources: Google plans an in-house startup incubator “Area 120” overseen by Don Harrison and Bradley Horowitz and located in San Francisco  —  Google has a new division called ‘Area 120’ where employees can build their own startups  —  Google is creating an in-house startup incubator …

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Jessica E. Lessin / The Information: Sources: Google plans an in-house startup incubator “Area 120” overseen by Don Harrison and Bradley Horowitz  —  Google Preps New Corporate Incubator  —  Sundar Pichai has a new plan to stop Google employees from jumping ship to start companies: Create a startup incubator within Google.

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Bloomberg: Young fans of Valve's Counter-Strike flock to independent, unregulated sites to bet valuable virtual weapons on pro matches  —  Virtual Weapons Are Turning Teen Gamers Into Serious Gamblers  —  The boom in pro video gaming is fueled by $2.3 billion in online bets.

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Michael Crider / Android Police: Sony Offers A Build Of The Android N Developer Preview For The Xperia Z3  —  Normally only Nexus and other first-party Google devices get a taste of an upcoming Android version before it's released, barring custom ROMs and other end user activities.  But Sony has been offering experimental AOSP builds …

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