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February 13, 2015, 10:20 PM

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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
WSJ confirms Apple has several hundred employees designing a minivan-like electric vehicle, codenamed Titan, with former Ford exec Steve Zadesky leading team  —  WSJ: Tim Cook approved Apple electric car project a year ago, hundreds of employees working on it
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple hires head of Mercedes-Benz R&D, other auto experts for new secret research lab  —  Apple has hired former president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development Johann Jungwirth to join the company as Director of Mac Systems Engineering.  The hire was confirmed by Jungwirth's LinkedIn page …
Katie Zezima / Washington Post:
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Abhijeet M. / SamMobile:
Galaxy S6 may have Microsoft's Skype, OneNote, OneDrive, and Office Mobile app preinstalled  —  Exclusive: Galaxy S6 software will bring some amazing changes  —  Software has always been the Achilles heel for Samsung.  The Korean manufacturer has always been at the forefront of making amazing hardware …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Helpouts service shutting down on April 20; history available for download until November 1  —  Google Is Shutting Down Google Helpouts, Its Expert Video Chat Service  —  Updated: Google is shutting down its Google Helpouts service on April 20, 2015, the service's website has now been updated to reflect.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Apple Pay will be accepted for US government services starting in September; Apple also working to make Apple Pay work with government credit cards  —  Apple Pay Coming To Federal Institutions Starting In September  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at the White House summit on cybersecurity …
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
“Shopping cart” patent beaten by Newegg comes back to court, loses again  —  Patent troll won't get more money from Avon, Victoria's Secret—or anyone else.  —  As patent reform moved into the political spotlight during the last Congress, one patent that kept coming up was the “online shopping cart.”
More: internetretailer.comTweets: @newegg and @mattcutts
Edward C. Baig / USA Today:
Mattel partners with Google to build $30 Cardboard VR-based View-Master, for sale in fall  —  View-Master rides Google Cardboard into virtual reality  —  USA Today with a sneak peek at the upcoming Virtual Reality version of the classic View-Master Robert Deutsch
Christian Dolmetsch / Bloomberg Business:
Wrongfully convicted Goldman Sachs ex-programmer sues the FBI agents who arrested him for malicious prosecution  —  Goldman Sachs Ex-Programmer Sues FBI Agents Who Arrested Him  —  Don't Miss Out —  (Bloomberg) — A Goldman Sachs Group Inc. programmer sued the FBI agents who arrested …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple's App Store now allowing marijuana-related apps that enforce geolocation checks and rejecting apps depicting gun violence in screenshots  —  Apple's App Store Says No To Guns But Yes To Weed  —  Apple's definition of morality is on display this week with a couple of changes to its policies regarding App Store submissions.

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