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March 13, 2015, 2:00 AM

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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases iOS 8.3 Public Beta, Beta Program now comprises both iOS and OS X  —  Apple has updated its Apple Seed website to include many references to iOS device management.  It has also updated the name of its program to ‘Apple Beta Software Program’, dropping the specificity of it being for OS X only.
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
Google is done selling the Nexus 5  —  Google has stopped selling the Nexus 5, the company's 2014 flagship Android smartphone.  A Google spokesperson told The Verge today that “while some inventory of Nexus 5 still exists (with our retail and carrier partners), our focus is on the Nexus 6 at this time.”
Luke Dormehl / Cult of Mac:
Tim Cook offered Steve Jobs his liver, and other revelations from new biography  —  I can't wait to read Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader.  The upcoming biography, by veteran reporters Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, promises to be the definitive telling of Steve Jobs' life.
Josh Kopelman / First Round Review:
Dos and don'ts for navigating the Series A Crunch in the era of easy seed rounds  —  What the Seed Funding Boom Means for Raising a Series A  —  Shortly after my first child was born, a friend gave me a copy of a book called “The Blessing of a Skinned Knee.”  The book was full of contrarian wisdom.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon Has Quietly Acquired 2lemetry To Build Out Its Internet Of Things Strategy  —  Amazon is taking another step into the Internet of Things.  TechCrunch has learned, and confirmed, that the e-commerce and cloud services giant has acquired 2lemetry, a startup based out of Denver …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Osmo Masterpiece is an iPad app aimed at kids that uses the front-facing camera, a proprietary mirror, and AI to train people how to draw  —  Osmo Masterpiece could turn every kid into an iPad artist  —  Osmo is turning out to be wonderfully creative at making apps for children that redefine the meaning of games and play.
More: Medium, 9to5Mac, TIME and WiredThanks:@edonahue0331
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Video conferencing startup Highfive raises $32M Series B led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, plans to double its workforce by end of 2015  —  Highfive Raises $32 Million For Its Video Conferencing System  —  It's only been four months since Highfive's video conferencing units have been available …
More: Forbes and StrictlyVC
OpenSignal:
State of LTE worldwide: South Korea has best coverage, US speeds rank among slowest overall  —  THE FULL SPECTRUM OF LTE PERFORMANCE  —  We found that not all LTE networks are created equal, with big differences between countries and networks.  —  4G LTE is increasingly more important …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Early 2015 Retina MacBook Pro teardown gives first look inside new Force Touch trackpad  —  Following dismantling the latest refreshed MacBook Air models yesterday, today iFixit dives inside the new MacBook Pro model that arrived this week with upgraded internals and more.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google Code disables new project creation, will shut down on January 25, 2016  —  GitHub has officially won.  Google has announced that Google Code project creation has been disabled today, with the ultimate plan to kill off the service next year.  —  On August 24, 2015, the project hosting service will be set to read-only.
Jeremy C. Owens / Mercury News:
Cypress Semiconductor and Spansion complete $5B merger, company plans to lay off 1,600 workers worldwide within three weeks  —  Exclusive: Hundreds being laid off as Cypress and Spansion merge in $5B deal, internal memo shows  —  Today: The merger of Silicon Valley chip companies Cypress Semiconductor …
More: Seeking AlphaThanks:@jowens510
Mat Smith / Engadget:
After its sale from Sony, Vaio launches first mid-range nondescript Android phone in Japan  —  Here is VAIO's first smartphone  —  No longer a part of Sony, VAIO likes the look of that smartphone market, and has decided to go up against its former parent company's Xperia series with its own creation …

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