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March 17, 2015, 5:40 PM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook now offers free friend-to-friend payments in its Messenger app using debit cards, to roll out to Android, iOS, and desktop in US over coming months  —  Facebook Introduces Free Friend-To-Friend Payments Through Messages  —  When you chat with friends about settling debts or splitting the bill …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple aiming to launch online TV service in September with about 25 channels, anchored by ABC, CBS, Fox  —  Apple in Talks to Launch Online TV Service  —  Service would have about 25 channels, anchored by broadcasters such as ABC, CBS and Fox  —  Shalini Ramachandran and Daisuke Wakabayashi
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Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Nintendo Partners With DeNA To Bring Its Games And IP To Smartphones  —  Nintendo is finally bringing its games and characters to mobile after the company surprised the tech world with an alliance with Japanese mobile gaming firm DeNA.  —  The duo announced a collaboration that will see them jointly develop games for “smart devices.”
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
App Submissions On Google Play Now Reviewed By Staff, Will Include Age-Based Ratings  —  Google Play, Google's marketplace for Android applications which now reaches a billion people in over 190 countries, has historically differentiated itself from rival Apple by allowing developers …
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Adobe sees solid Q1 with $1.11B in revenue, 517K new paying Creative Cloud subscribers  —  Adobe now has 3.97 million paying Creative Cloud subscribers, the company shared within its first quarter 2015 financial report today.  —  Adobe aims to hit six million paid subscribers by the end of 2015 …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Windows Hello and Microsoft Passport: Unlock Windows 10 devices and apps with your finger, iris, or face  —  Microsoft today announced biometric authentication is coming to Windows 10.  Windows Hello will let you unlock your Windows 10 device, whether it be a PC, tablet, or a smartphone, with your finger, iris, or face.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft's new modern browser, codenamed Project Spartan, will have a distinct name and brand in Windows 10, says CMO Chris Capossela  —  Microsoft is killing off the Internet Explorer brand  —  While Microsoft has dropped hints that the Internet Explorer brand is going away …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Sling TV launches on Xbox One today, and you can try it free for a month  —  Sling TV is debuting on its first gaming console today.  Microsoft just announced that the internet TV service is now available to Xbox One owners — as is the month-long free trial we heard about back in January.
Janko Roettgers / Medium:
Chromecast can be controlled by select TV remotes, made possible by HDMI-CEC protocol  —  Chromecast now works with your TV's remote control  —  One of the most frequent complaints about Chromecast has been that it doesn't come with a remote control, requiring users to fiddle with their phone …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Rakuten To Put Its Bitnet Investment To Work And Accept Bitcoin Worldwide  —  Rakuten, Japan's largest online retail firm, has announced that it will soon accept bitcoin across its global marketplaces.  —  The company is putting its investment in Bitnet — a startup that raised $14.5 million last October …
Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal:
Birst Banks $65 Million for Business Intelligence and Analytics … Business analytics vendor Birst Inc. on Tuesday added itself to the list of private software companies raising money from public-market investors, with a $65 million round led by Wellington Management Co.  —  Total funding in Birst is now $156 million.

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