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Jason Del Rey / Re/code: Square Introduces Square Cash for Businesses, With a Low 1.5 Percent Processing Fee  —  Five years ago, Square introduced a sleek card reader to the small-business world that made it easy for everyone from taxi drivers to craft sellers to coffee shop owners to accept credit card payments for the first time.

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Lee Hutchinson / Ars Technica: Review of Dell's latest Linux laptop, the M3800 Developer Edition: quality build, but poor battery life, 4K scaling issues, high $1500 base price  —  Dell's Linux PC sequel still “just works”—but it adds 4K screen and rough edges  —  4k scaling issues keep it from being perfect—but, hey, it's for developers, right?

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Ben Popper / The Verge: Livestreaming service YouNow has 100M+ monthly visitors, engaged community, a business model, and is paying its broadcasters via partnership program  —  The live-streaming app where amateurs get paid to chat, eat, and sleep on camera  —  Tayser Abuhamdeh doesn't have what most people would call an exciting job.

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Uber Takes Strategic Investment From Times Internet To Boosts Its Business In India  —  India is Uber's second largest market worldwide behind only the U.S., and the company is today bolstering its position in the Asian country after agreeing to an alliance with media firm Times Internet.

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Kim Zetter / Wired: Researchers uncover method to hack BIOS firmware, subvert secure operating systems like Tails  —  Hacking BIOS Chips Isn't Just the NSA's Domain Anymore  —  The ability to hack the BIOS chip at the heart of every computer is no longer reserved for the NSA and other three-letter agencies.

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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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