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February 20, 2015, 12:10 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple will fight iOS bugs with first-ever iOS Public Betas: 8.3 in March, 9 in summer  —  In an effort to eliminate bugs from upcoming iOS versions ahead of their general releases, Apple plans to launch the first-ever public beta program for the iOS operating system, according to multiple people briefed on the plans.
Robert McMillan / Wired:
Lenovo's Response to Its Dangerous Adware Is Astonishingly Clueless  —  If you've bought a Lenovo laptop anytime since August, it may have shipped with a dangerous bit of adware known as Visual Discovery by Superfish.  It's the kind of software add-on that computer makers are often paid to include with their hardware.
Marco della Cava / USA Today:
YouTube Kids for Android set to launch Feb. 23, features parental controls and a simplified UI  —  YouTube unveils new app for kids  —  SAN FRANCISCO - YouTube is repository of clips that range from exceedingly educational to suggestively explicit.  So to make sure younger fans …
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple considering dedicated Apple Watch stores as it sets up Paris booth  —  Apple Watch hands-on table from September Media Event  —  According to multiple reports out of France, Apple is constructing a dedicated display for the upcoming Apple Watch in some upscale Paris-based retail outlets.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Report: Google looks to promote Wallet by paying wireless carriers and sharing mobile ad revenue  —  Google may pay wireless carriers to revive Google Wallet  —  Google Wallet has had, at best, a checkered history.  Blocked by carriers, it suffered through changing product direction and competition from its own partners.
Jared Newman / PC World:
Sony's $160 Micro SDXC card, marketed as “Premium Sound” storage, costs 4X-5X similar cards but can't improve sound quality  —  Sony's latest snake oil: Pricey ‘Premium Sound’ Micro SDXC cards  —  Need the perfect expandable storage solution for your $1,200 Walkman?
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
New Pebble coming soon with thinner design, revamped OS, voice recognition  —  Pebble updated its website this morning to tease a new model of its popular smartwatch.  The announcement is scheduled for 10 AM on Tuesday next week, but Pebble has not specified what exactly is launching.

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