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TechCrunch: Facebook F8 App Confirms Messenger As A Platform, Parse For IoT  —  A notification just sent out by the official app for Facebook's F8 conference later today reads “The Garage and Demo areas are now open!  Just revealed: Parse for IoT, Messenger as a Platform, and the Teleportation Station.”

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David Ruddock / Android Police: Hands on with Hyundai's BlueLink car companion app for Android Wear: requires paid subscription and cumbersome PIN, voice commands offer limited functionality  —  Can A Smartwatch Make Your Car Smarter?  A Week With Hyundai's BlueLink For Android Wear  —  If you own a reasonably modern car …

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Richard Lewis / The Daily Dot: Sources: YouTube plans to relaunch live streaming service this year with a focus on gaming, taking on Twitch  —  YouTube to relaunch livestreaming service with focus on esports and gaming  —  YouTube is preparing to relaunch its livestreaming platform with a renewed focus on live gaming …

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Pendarvis Harshaw / Fusion: Nextdoor, the social network for neighbors, is becoming a home for racial profiling  —  As Meredith Ahlberg ushered friends into her home in East Oakland's Ivy Hill neighborhood for a party on a Saturday in early March, she noticed that her phone was lighting up with notifications.

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft tweaks browser strategy for Windows 10: Spartan will include Edge rendering engine, while IE 11 will include Trident  —  Microsoft to make rendering engine changes with Spartan, IE in Windows 10  —  Summary:Microsoft is tweaking its browser strategy ahead of making ‘Spartan’ available to Windows 10 users.

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TechCrunch: 47 Startups That Launched At Y Combinator Winter 2015 Demo Day 2  —  Y Combinator got so big, it had to split its Demo Day in two.  During today's second wave we saw a variety of promising biotech, marketplace, enterprise, and financial tech startups.  Yesterday we chronicled 50 consumer, B2B, developer, and hardware companies.

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Patricia Zengerle / Reuters: ‘Threat-sharing’ cybersecurity bill introduced in U.S. House  —  (Reuters) - Leaders of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee introduced legislation on Tuesday to make it easier for companies to share information about cybersecurity threats with the government, without the fear of being sued.

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Rachel King / ZDNet: Intuit acquires Playbook HR for QuickBooks Online Self-Employed  —  Summary:Intuit is aiming to answer the needs of independent contractors in the “on-demand economy” with a new acquisition.  —  Intuit is honing in on independent contractors with a new acquisition meant to bolster QuickBooks Online Self-Employed software.

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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica: Tennessee's attorney general wants court to set aside FCC's municipal broadband ruling  —  Tennessee fights for its right to squash municipal broadband expansion  —  FCC faces first lawsuit over vote to preempt state laws that limit competition.  —  The State of Tennessee is fighting …

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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily: Lexmark Buys Software Maker Kofax at 47% Premium in $1B Deal  —  Shares of printer maker Lexmark International (LXK) are up $1.86, or almost 5%, at $42.65, in late trading, after the company this afternoon announced it will purchase enterprise software maker Kofax (KFX) for $11 per share …

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Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch: Apple Acquires Durable Database Company FoundationDB  —  Apple has acquired FoundationDB, a company that specializes in speedy, durable NoSQL databases, TechCrunch has learned.  —  A notice on the FoundationDB site notes that it's no longer offering downloads of its database software.

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David Morgan / Reuters: Amazon blasts FAA for slowness on drone regulation, claims its recently cleared drone is already obsolete  —  Amazon blasts U.S. FAA for slowness on drone regulation  —  (Reuters) - E-commerce power Amazon.com blasted federal regulators on Tuesday for being slow to approve commercial drone testing …

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Sam Altman: Y Combinator's Sam Altman rebuts talk of bubble with a public wager that three tech portfolios will appreciate sharply by 2020  —  Bubble talk  —  I'm tired of reading about investors and journalists claiming there's a bubble in tech.  I understand that it's fun to do and easy press, but it's boring reading.

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David Morgan / Reuters: FAA grants airspace clearance to firms cleared to fly commercial drones if flying with equipment under 55 pounds, lower than 200 feet  —  U.S. FAA streamlines approval for some commercial drone use  —  (Reuters) - U.S. aviation regulators on Tuesday unveiled a new policy to speed up approval …

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac: Apple Watch sales training encourages employees to build trust with customers so they can serve as fashion advisors during sale  —  Apple's sales overhaul for Apple Watch will focus on building trust, offering fashion views, upselling bands  —  The job of Apple Retail Store employees will begin changing in profound ways next month.

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Dennis Keohane / BetaBoston: HubSpot acquires Google Ventures-backed social graph startup ReKindle; service closing today  —  HubSpot acquires ReKindle to add a better way to make connections  —  ReKindle co-founder and CEO Matt Grace  —  Cambridge-based digital marketing company HubSpot has made its first acquisition …

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The Information: Facebook is in talks with several media firms, including Vice, The Onion, and Vox Media, to produce high quality short-form sponsored videos  —  Facebook Pitching Advertisers on “Anthology” Video Package  —  In a significant expansion of its video strategy, Facebook is in discussions …

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code: Google is working on a project that lets users receive and pay bills with debit or credit cards from Inbox app and Gmail, to debut in fourth quarter  —  Google Working on Project to Let You Receive and Pay Bills Directly Inside Gmail  —  Google's mission to organize the world's information is now targeting your physical mailbox.

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Agam Shah / PC World: HP partners with Bang & Olufsen, will stop using Apple's Beats audio technology in its PCs and tablets  —  HP dumps Apple's Beats audio, partners with Bang & Olufsen  —  Hewlett-Packard once relied on Beats for audio technology in its PCs and tablets, but that was before Apple acquired it.

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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica: Google Fiber announces Salt Lake City expansion, making it the 8th location to get the service  —  Google Fiber expands gigabit service again, plans move to Salt Lake City  —  Five metro areas on track to get Google Fiber; three already have it.  —  Google announced today that its gigabit Internet …

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Ruth Reader / VentureBeat: OpenTable for Android now lets you pay for meals from your phone  —  Android users can now pick up the check for dinner with a little extra panache.  —  Restaurant booking app OpenTable has long promised a mobile payments option, and today it's coming to Android users.

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Facebook introduces On This Day, a Timehop-like page that shows you posts, photos, other content that happened on this day in the past, offers notifications  —  Facebook's Timehop Clone “On This Day” Shows You Your Posts From Years Ago  —  Facebook's experimented with ways to surface old Memories since 2010.

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Wall Street Journal: Telefonica announces deal to sell British telcom O2 to Hong Kong's Hutchison Whampoa for £9.25B cash, with an additional £1B if cash-flow targets are hit  —  Telefónica Agrees to Sell O2 for $13.84 Billion  —  Hutchison Whampoa to buy the British cellphone operator

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Joyent Launches Triton, Its New Container Infrastructure For Easier Docker Deployments  —  Joyent today announced the launch of Triton, its new container infrastructure for making Docker deployments in on-premise clouds and on its own cloud architecture easier.

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Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica: Ars Technica obtains the Oakland Police Department's database of 4.6M license plate scans through a public records request  —  We know where you've been: Ars acquires 4.6M license plate scans from the cops  —  One citizen demands: “Do you know why Oakland is spying on me and my wife?”

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