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February 18, 2015, 7:55 AM

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Bloomberg Business:
Source: Snapchat is in advanced discussions on a new funding round valuing the company between $16B and $19B  —  Snapchat Said to Seek Up to $19 Billion Value in Funding Round  —  Don't Miss Out —  by Elizabeth WollmanLeslie PickerSarah Frier  —  (Bloomberg) — Snapchat Inc. is seeking …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apple Watch revenues could be dominated by relatively low-volume, high-priced Edition model  —  Thinking About the Split in Apple Watch Sales by Model  —  Lorraine Luk and Daisuke Wakabayashi, reporting today for the WSJ, “Apple Orders More Than 5 Million Watches for Initial Run”:
Mark Wilson / Co.Design:
Samsung, with its bloated product line and hierarchical structure, struggles to lead in design  —  Why Samsung Design Stinks  —  Kevin Lee calls it “Steve Jobs Syndrome.”  As the former head of product strategy and user experience design at Samsung Design America, Lee watched …
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft to allow developers to turn retail Xbox Ones into dev kits by summer and open the platform to more universal apps in November; SDK preview in May  —  Microsoft is ready to unleash Xbox One apps  —  Microsoft is planning to open up its Xbox One apps platform in a big way this summer.
Rik Henderson / Pocket-lint:
VLC 3.0 will come with Chromecast support across multiple devices  —  A changelog posted by VLC has confirmed that support for the Google Chromecast is soon to be added to the popular media player.  That means users will be able to stream just about any media file through VLC on the connected TV dongle.
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Upcoming Modern Family episode was shot entirely on iPhones, iPads and MacBook Pros  —  Modern Family's new episode never leaves the screen of a MacBook Pro  —  ‘Connection Lost’ feels like a half-hour Apple commercial — but it actually works  —  MacBooks and iPhones pop up in movies …
Li Xiaoxiao / MarketWatch:
Apple Pay expansion in China hindered by revenue share issues with Union Pay, Alipay and banks, government regulations  —  Apple Pay's invasion of China stalls  —  BEIJING (Caixin Online) — China's central bank, UnionPay bank-card service and e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. BABA …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple wins a patent for iPhone headset similar to Samsung Gear VR  —  Apple wins patent for a head-mounted iPhone virtual reality display  —  In a concept similar to Samsung's Gear VR, Apple has been awarded a patent for a device that would allow an iPhone to serve as the display for a portable virtual reality headset.
Joanna Stern / Wall Street Journal:
Raspberry Pi 2 Review: A $35 Computer Can Do a Heck of a Lot  —  An open-source computer that encourages you to look inside  —  The small, bare-bones Raspberry Pi 2, meant to encourage children and adults to build and engage more with computers, does more than you think.  WSJ's Joanna Stern puts it to the test.
Wall Street Journal:
TransferWise Launches Money-Transfer Service in the U.S. … Americans can now send money overseas through a high-profile startup trying to fill the gap left by banks pulling back from the cash-transfer business.  —  TransferWise, a London-based startup founded in 2011 …

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