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March 13, 2015, 7:55 PM

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Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant coming to iOS and Android devices as a standalone app  —  Exclusive: Microsoft's digital assistant to head to Android, Apple devices  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft is working on an advanced version of its competitor to Apple's Siri, using research …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Google Apps bug has leaked private whois data for 280K domains since mid-2013  —  Epic Google snafu leaks hidden whois data for 280,000 domains  —  Google Apps has leaked hidden names, phone numbers, and more since mid 2013.  —  Google leaked the complete hidden whois data attached …
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
YouTube now supports 360 degree videos, allowing users without a VR headset to explore using a navigation dial  —  YouTube now supports 360 degree videos  —  It may be a tad later than originally anticipated, but YouTube has just added support for 360 degree videos, making …
Taylor Lorenz / Business Insider:
Facebook acquires e-commerce shopping search engine TheFind, to close service in next few weeks  —  Facebook just bought a startup that can find every product for sale online  —  Facebook has bought shopping search engine The Find.  —  We first spotted the news in a tweet …
Ruth Reader / VentureBeat:
Square is shutting down Square Order  —  Square is shuttering Square Order, a service that allows customers to preorder drinks and food from local vendors, VentureBeat has learned.  —  The company is notifying customers that the app will no longer be available for download starting today and the service will shut down on March 20.
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twitter confirms Periscope acquisition as Meerkat hype hits SXSW crescendo; sources say Periscope allows public and private video livestreaming and replays  —  Twitter Confirms Periscope Acquisition, And Here's How The Livestreaming App Works  —  Today Twitter officially announced …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Apple Watch App Will Let You Shop From Your Wrist  —  Though online retailer Amazon wasn't among one of the many applications Apple introduced this week as coming soon to its new wearable device, the Apple Watch, the company does have an Apple Watch version of its mobile shopping app in the works, we understand.
Portia Crowe / Business Insider:
Now anybody can use Robinhood, the no-fee trading app backed by Snoop Dogg and Marc Andreessen  —  It's sleek.  It's easy to use.  It's designed to give first time, small-scale investors a leg up on Wall Street hotshots.  —  And after months of waiting, it's now open to anyone who wants to join.
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