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February 12, 2015, 6:35 AM

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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Pinterest pairs with Apple to launch App Pins, helps discover apps without going to App Store; Apple to launch own curated App Store board  —  Aiming to Ease App Discovery, Apple Pairs With Pinterest  —  There are more than 1.4 million mobile applications in Apple's App Store.
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Over 720K Android Wear devices shipped in 2014, with Moto 360 being the clear leader  —  Over 720,000 Android Wear devices shipped in 2014  —  Palo Alto, Shanghai, Singapore and Reading (UK) - Wednesday, 11 February 2015  —  Over 720,000 Android Wear devices shipped in 2014 out of a total of 4.6 million smart wearable bands.
Rajesh Jha / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft acquires Sunrise, creator of an innovative calendar app for mobile devices  —  I'm pleased to announce that Microsoft has acquired Sunrise, provider of a next-generation calendar app for iOS and Android.  We are making this acquisition because we believe a reinvention …
Baljeet Singh / The Twitter Blog:
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Yet-to-launch marketplace Jet raises $140M, at a valuation of nearly $600M; round led by Bain; new investors include Google Ventures, Goldman Sachs  —  Jet.com's Valuation Nears $600 Million Before Launch  —  Jet.com doesn't plan to open its online store until this spring, but investors are already sold.
Tim Higgins / Bloomberg Business:
Apple Bans ‘Bonded Servitude’ at Supplier Factories Worldwide  —  Don't Miss Out —  (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc., which has faced criticism for worker conditions at its suppliers in Asia, is requiring factories to pay recruitment fees for employees instead of saddling the costs on new hires.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Dropbox replaces CFO Sujay Jaswa with former Motorola Mobility CFO Vanessa Wittman  —  Dropbox Replaces Insider CFO With Former Motorola Exec  —  Dropbox, in a move that will surely have investors wondering about the storage startup's IPO plans, is replacing its insider CFO Sujay Jaswa …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple Confirms Aperture to Be Removed From Mac App Store After Launch of Photos for OS X  —  Shortly after last week's deployment of OS X 10.10.3 to developers, Apple updated its official Aperture page on its website, adding a notice stating that Aperture will be removed from the Mac App Store when the Photos for OS X app launches.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Report: in response to Apple Pay, Square is working on an Android tablet; Google testing Plaso, a mobile payment system that allows you use your initals to pay  —  Square working to rely less on Apple's iPad, claims report  —  Square, the mobile payments service found in countless coffee shops across …
Sharon Bernstein / Reuters:
iPhone kill switch reduced thefts by 40% in San Francisco, 25% in New York city, and 50% in London  —  Smartphone theft drops in London, two U.S. cities as anti-theft ‘kill switches’ installed  —  (Reuters) - Thefts involving smartphones have declined dramatically in three major cities …

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