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Ryan Smith / AnandTech: 2015 MacBook review: weight, battery life, display, and keyboard make up for weak performance  —  The 2015 MacBook Review  —  I'm still not entirely sure when it actually happened, but at some point over the last couple of years the crossover between tablets and laptops stopped being an idea and became a real thing.

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Catherine Shu / TechCrunch: Beijing-based Ninebot Acquires Segway, Raises $80M From Xiaomi And Sequoia  —  Intriguing news from the personal transportation mobility device sector: Beijing-based company Ninebot has announced that not only will it acquire rival Segway, but it has also scored $80 million in funding …

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Jenna Wortham / New York Times: How the founder of The Shade Room created a lucrative ad-supported celebrity news publication on Instagram  —  Instagram's TMZ  —  The first time I heard about The Shade Room, I thought it was a reality show, or maybe a nightclub.  It turned out to be neither, although I was close in spirit …

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Ina Fried / Re/code: Nokia Agrees to Buy Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 Billion  —  Nokia said late Tuesday that it plans to buy rival network gear maker Alcatel-Lucent for 15.6 billion Euros ($16.6 billion) in stock.  —  The deal has been approved by both company's boards but still requires regulatory and other approvals.

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Paul Thurrott / Thurrott.com: Microsoft's long list of apps for iOS highlight company's commitment to the platform  —  Microsoft + iPhone  —  Just a few years ago, there was a sharp divide between fans of Microsoft and fans of the iPhone.  But in this “mobile first, cloud first” world, it's now possible …

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Carolyn Said / San Francisco Chronicle: Over 20K now drive for Uber in the San Francisco Bay Area, more than double from a year ago, company says  —  Uber among region's biggest employers, but company begs to differ  —  More Bay Area residents drive for Uber than bag groceries at Safeway.  In fact, the biggest Bay Area employers are Kaiser …

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Peter Bright / Ars Technica: Surface 3 review: great build quality, good battery life, poor CPU and storage performance; useful accessories are paid extras  —  Surface 3 review: Smaller, slower, cheaper... better?  —  Switching to an x86 processor has made the Surface so much better.  —  To understand the Surface 3, you must first understand the Surface Pro 3.

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Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch: San Francisco Supervisor, Mayor Proposes Tighter Regulations On Short-Term Rentals, Airbnb  —  San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell and Mayor Ed Lee are backing a new set of tighter regulations on short-term rentals and their biggest hosting platforms like Airbnb.

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Bruce V. Bigelow / Xconomy: VC Funding Slows as Big Funds Crowd into Late-Stage Venture Deals  —  Following a December surge, when U.S. venture firms invested $7.2 billion in 342 deals nationwide, VC activity reset at a lower pace during the first quarter of 2015, according to data being released today by CB Insights.

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Mark Bergen / Re/code: Memo: Google responds to EU's imminent antitrust charges, says it expects EU to open investigation into Android on Wednesday  —  Here Is Google's Internal Response to the Imminent E.U. Charges (Memo)  —  On Wednesday, the European Union is expected to drop the hammer on Google …

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Telegraph: Global revenue from music downloads and streaming hits $6.85B, passing CDs and vinyl at $6.82B  —  Digital music revenues overtake physical sales for the first time  —  A strong growth in streaming services boosted digital sales despite dwindling downloads, according to the latest IFPI Digital Music Report

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Robin Sidel / Wall Street Journal: American Express and Jawbone plan to let cardholders use future fitness bands for purchases at select merchants  —  AmEx, Jawbone Team Up to Allow Payments Via Fitness Bands  —  Partnership latest to add payment function to devices  —  Fitness enthusiasts may soon be able to shop while they work out.

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Wall Street Journal: Google wants advertisers to share email addresses of customers to improve search ad targeting  —  Google May Offer New Way to Target Ads  —  Google in Talks to Let Advertisers Reach Existing Customers  —  The war for advertising dollars between Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. may add a new front: email addresses.

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft's Delve, a Flipboard-like app for Office 365 business users, comes to iOS and Android  —  Microsoft delivers iOS, Android versions of Delve  —  Summary:Microsoft has rolled out native mobile app versions of Delve, its search and presentation technology, for iOS and Android …

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Maria Armental / Wall Street Journal: Shopify files for US and Canadian IPOs, hopes to raise about $100M, valuing firm at more than $1B  —  Canadian Software Company Shopify Files for U.S.-Canada IPO  —  Ottawa company raised $100 million from private investors in Dec. 2013  —  Canadian software company Shopify Inc. filed …

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Christopher Heine / Adweek: Foursquare launches Pinpoint, an ad platform that uses Foursquare's location data for targeting across mobile devices and web  —  Foursquare Unleashes Location Data for Cross-Mobile Ad Targeting  —  Foursquare has taken its share of lumps from industry watchers in recent years about its slow user growth …

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Arielle Duhaime-Ross / The Verge: 29 million US health records exposed by data breaches between 2010 and 2013  —  Approximately 29 million health records were affected by data breaches between 2010 and 2013 in the US — 67 percent of which were stored electronically, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association today.

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Eugene Kim / Business Insider: Intel reports Q1 net income of $2B, flat YoY revenue of $12.6B, meeting reduced expectations; shares rise after hours  —  Intel earnings match estimates, shares rise after hours  —  Intel just reported its first quarter earnings, and it matched analyst estimates across the board.

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Financial Times: Sources: EU's competition commissioner to announce that formal charges will be filed against Google, alleging traffic was diverted from rivals  —  Europe to accuse Google of illegally abusing its dominance  —  Alex Barker and Christian Oliver in Brussels and Anne-Sylvaine Chassany in Paris

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Juli Clover / MacRumors: Popular iOS app Workflow now available for Apple Watch with its timesaving actions accessible from Glance view  —  ‘Workflow’ for Apple Watch Brings Automated Tasks to Your Wrist  —  Popular iOS app Workflow was today updated with support for the upcoming Apple Watch …

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Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac: iOS 8.4 beta moves audiobooks to iBooks app, dedicated CarPlay app  —  In redesigning the iOS Music application for iOS 8.4, Apple removed support for audiobooks from the app, electing to move it to the iBooks app. iBooks itself has gained an all-new audio player with support for swiping gestures …

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Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code: IHS report: Verizon 64GB Galaxy S6 Edge costs about $290 to build, more than Apple's iPhones, and $34 more than Galaxy S5  —  Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge Is More Expensive to Build Than Apple's iPhones  —  Samsung's latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S6 Edge, is the most costly yet to build and assemble …

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Wall Street Journal: Apple buys Israeli camera technology company LinX for about $20M  —  Apple Buys Israeli Camera-Technology Company LinX  —  Companies had been discussing acquisition price of about $20 million  —  Apple Inc. has acquired Israeli camera-technology company LinX Computational Imaging Ltd.

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Casey Newton / The Verge: Chinese streaming video service Letv announces its Le Superphone smartphone is headed for the US, in a profoundly unconvincing pitch  —  After comparing Apple to Hitler, Chinese company reveals Le Superphone  —  Two weeks ago, to build buzz for the Android smartphone it announced today, Chinese tech company Letv turned to Hitler.

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Will Oremus / Slate: A look at Twitter's homepage redesign, arriving in a few days, which caters to logged out visitors by organizing top tweets by category  —  Twitter for the Masses  —  For non-tweeters, the social network can feel clubby and confusing.  Can its new home page change that?  —  Twitter.com is a barren wasteland.

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