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Dan Seifert / The Verge: HTC One M9 review: great design, performance, and battery life, but camera disappoints  —  HTC One M9 review  —  Haven't we seen this before?  —  Déjà vu (noun): a feeling that one has seen or heard something before  —  I've spent the better part of the last two weeks with HTC's new One M9.

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Startup L. Jackson / Startups and S**t: Advice for raising seed in a feeding frenzy: anticipate your A round, raise what you need, and hire VCs like employees  —  An Open Letter to YC Founders on Demo Day Eve  —  It's YC fundraising season and the perennial discussion about valuations has begun.  It's frankly kinda tired.

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Andy Greenberg / Wired: Critics say CISA won't boost security, will allow private companies to share more user data with government  —  CISA Security Bill: An F for Security But an A+ for Spying  —  When the Senate Intelligence Committee passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act by a vote of 14 to 1 …

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Financial Times: Universal pushes Spotify to add limits to its free tier during licensing negotiations  —  Universal takes on Spotify freemium model  —  The “freemium” model used by Spotify to amass 60m users and 15m paying subscribers around the world is facing a new challenge just months …

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Lizzie Plaugic / The Verge: Former Twitter employee files class action lawsuit for gender discrimination, says company's hiring and promotion processes favor men  —  Twitter is facing a class action lawsuit for gender discrimination  —  A former software engineer says the company's promotion process favors men

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Joe Mullin / Ars Technica: How Life360 prevailed in court after its CEO sent “Dear Piece of S**t” letter to AGIS, a company suing them for patent infringement  —  How Life360 won its patent war  —  Jury saw CEO's “Dear piece of s**t” letter to his “patent troll”—and understood.

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Rachel Metz / MIT Technology Review: Despite recent advances by HoloLens and Magic Leap, miniaturization of components essential for commercializing augmented reality tech  —  Reality Check: Comparing HoloLens and Magic Leap  —  I've seen two competing visions for a future in which virtual objects are merged seamlessly with the real world.

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Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica: Broadwell 13" Macbook Pro and Air reviewed: good specs for price and size, marginal difference in speed, display on Air is inferior to similarly priced laptops  —  13-inch Broadwell MacBook showdown: Should you go Pro or get an Air?  —  Review: The 2015 Broadwell refreshes are similar, but not identical.

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Quentin Hardy / New York Times: How Kodak mines its legacy R&D assets while it plots its post-bankruptcy future  —  At Kodak, Clinging to a Future Beyond Film  —  After the Kodak Moment After the Kodak Moment  —  Kodak has prioritized its patent portfolio and the Eastman Business Park since it declared bankruptcy in 2012.

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Maria Bustillos / New Yorker: A look at the history of Richard Stallman's GNU Manifesto and its impact as it turns 30 this month  —  The GNU Manifesto Turns Thirty  —  Unix, one of the earliest computer-operating systems, was developed between the late nineteen-sixties and the early nineteen-eighties …

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Kyle VanHemert / Wired: Apple's new haptic trackpad suggests a future in which we won't just see interfaces but also feel them  —  Apple's Haptic Tech Makes Way for Tomorrow's Touchable UIs  —  If you're into magic tricks, stop by an Apple Store and park yourself in front of a new 13-inch MacBook Pro.

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Ellen Huet / Forbes: Newly merged Kuaidi-Didi reportedly controls 99% of Chinese taxi-hailing market, claims 6M rides per day, putting Uber's future in China at risk  —  In Wake Of Kuaidi-Didi Merger, Uber Faces An Even Tougher Battle In China  —  During the Lunar New Year in China, taxi-hailing app Kuaidi showered its riders with red envelopes.

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TechCrunch: Kleiner defense rests its case, and judge rules Ellen Pao may indeed seek punitive damages  —  Pao Vs. Kleiner Defense Rests Its Case, Showcasing A Different Side Of The Story  —  Yesterday afternoon, the legal team representing venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers rested …

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The Economic Times: Ola, Indian rival of Uber, launches food delivery service, is raising $500M round at an estimated $2B valuation  —  Ola now allows you to order food  —  The service will be available as one of the options in the existing Ola app in select localities across four cities.

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Tom Vanderbilt / Outside Magazine: 15-year-old TripAdvisor with its 200M+ reviews shapes tourism economies but continues to struggle with bogus comments  —  Inside the Mad, Mad World of TripAdvisor  —  Research almost any travel destination and you'll probably wind up on travel-industry Goliath, where passionate people praise …

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ABC News: Apple provides a peek into its Watch fitness testing facility, reveals it collected 18K hours of health and fitness data in testing  —  Inside Apple's Top Secret Health and Fitness Lab for Apple Watch Development … Apple, known for keeping its product developments under the strictest of lock-and-key …

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Horace Dediu / Asymco: Market saturation, rising monthly fees, lack of innovation, and broadband expansion make cable TV's decline inevitable in the US  —  Peak Cable  —  Paying for TV has been a curious consumer phenomenon.  There was a time when TV was free to consumers.  It was delivered as a broadcast …

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ABC News: Apple provides a peek into its Watch fitness testing facility, reveals it collected more than 18K hours of health and fitness data in testing  —  Transcript for Inside Apple's Top Secret Health Lab for Apple Watch  —  You're about to get an exclusive look at a lab in one of the most famously secretive companies on Earth, apple.

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David Ruddock / Android Police: New “On-Body Detection” Smart Lock Mode In Android Seems To Be Hitting Some Devices  —  If a tipster's screenshots are to be believed (and I think in this case, they are to be believed), Google is testing and / or rolling out a new smart lock mode called on-body detection.

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Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard: US Customs facial recognition pilot program at Dulles airport raises privacy concerns  —  US Customs Quietly Launches Facial Recognition Experiment at DC Airport  —  The next time you come back from overseas and flash your American passport at Washington, DC's Dulles airport …

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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch: Sources: Meerkat raises a $12M Series B led by Greylock at a $40M pre-money valuation  —  LIVE NOW|  Meerkat Raises $12M From Greylock At A $40M Valuation  —  If you're reading TechCrunch right now (you are, by the way), chances are you have at least heard of Meerkat.

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Martin Beck / Marketing Land: Pinterest Explains How “Pinnability” Drives Its Non-Chronological Home Feed  —  The visual social network reveals more details about the machine learning algorithms that serve personally relevant Pins on user home feeds.  —  Pinterest isn't just chronological anymore.

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Andrew Hayward / stuff.tv: Pebble pledges $1 million to crowdfund development of Pebble Time smartstraps … Closing in on US$20 million (£13.5 million) with more than a week left to go, the Kickstarter campaign for the Pebble Time is still going strong.  And Pebble hopes to push a little more interest by spending …

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Alan F. / PhoneArena: BlackBerry launches encrypted enterprise messaging service BBM Protected for iOS and Android  —  BBM Protected offers secure IM chats for iOS, BlackBerry and Android users in the enterprise  —  With “man-in-the-middle” hacker attacks in the news recently, BlackBerry is now offering BBM Protected …

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David Ruddock / Android Police: Facebook testing app that provides info on callers and automatically blocks calls from commonly blocked numbers on Android  —  Facebook Appears To Be Testing A Dialer And Caller ID App For Android, And It's Called... Phone  —  Facebook, that company that is constantly trying to confuse …

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