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February 9, 2015, 2:20 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple's iOS 9 to have ‘huge’ stability and optimization focus after years of feature additions  —  Following the success of OS X Snow Leopard for Macs in 2009, one of iOS 9's standout ‘features’ will be a directed focus on stabilizing and optimizing the operating system.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Sling TV opens the floodgates, accepts sign-ups without invites  —  Credit: Janko Roettgers / Gigaom  —  Credit: Janko Roettgers / Gigaom  —  Sling TV, the online TV streaming service from Dish Networks, is now available to everyone: The service ended its invitation-only soft launch late Sunday night …
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Has 93% of Mobile Profits; 650M Users by 2018, Says Canaccord  —  Canaccord Genuity's Mike Walkley this morning raises his price target on shares of Apple (AAPL) to $145 from $135, writing that his review of market data suggests continued strength for the iPhone 6 upgrade cycle.
Jill Daly / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Teen charged with murder after posting selfie with victim's body to Snapchat  —  Jeannette 16-year-old faces murder charge in teen's shooting death  —  Although officials have not described a motive in the shooting death of a Jeannette teen Wednesday, the young man charged with murder …
Carl / OnePlus Blog:
OnePlus will sell One without invites for 24hrs every Tuesday starting midnight PT  —  OnePlus One Open Sales, every Tuesday  —  We've been shipping the OnePlus One for half a year, and nowadays we're bumping into lots of people using it when we're out and about.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
LinkedIn, American Airlines, and other major developers begin to adopt Apple's Swift, report improved productivity and fewer errors  —  Apple's new Swift programming language takes flight with Getty Images, American Airlines, LinkedIn, and Duolingo  —  Apple's new Swift programming language …
Reuters:
Exclusive: Qualcomm nears $1 billion deal resolving China antitrust dispute - source  —  (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) is likely to pay China a record fine of around $1 billion, ending a 14-month government investigation into anti-competitive practices, after the U.S. chipmaker and the regulator …
Jeremy Kessel / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter transparency report: worldwide requests by governments for user account information up 40%, 84% for content removal  —  Three years of increased #transparency ... and counting  —  Since we launched our first transparency report back in 2012, many other companies have followed suit …
Everett Rosenfeld / CNBC:
Ecuador is the first country to roll out a state-run electronic payment system; digital currency will be tied to the US dollar  —  Ecuador becomes the first country to roll out its own digital cash  —  In 2000, Ecuador moved to ditch its stumbling currency for the U.S. dollar.
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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
iOS 8.3 Beta Arrives With Wireless CarPlay Support  —  Apple released iOS 8.3 as a beta for developers today, which is unusual because iOS 8.2 is only on Beta 5 and not yet available to consumers.  The new beta offers a single notable feature as of this writing: Wireless CarPlay support …

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