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March 17, 2015, 6:55 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 …
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Sources: Apple offers to share viewer data with partners for online TV service to enable better ad targeting  —  Apple offers to share TV data to entice programming partners  —  Apple is offering to share data with programming partners to get them on board with its cable-like TV network package, The Post has learned.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
NBC plans cable-dependent Apple TV app for second half of 2015  —  Despite reports that NBC Universal is not involved in negotiations for Apple's upcoming subscription TV replacement service, NBC still hopes to arrive on the Apple TV as soon as the second half of 2015, according to a source with knowledge of NBC's digital roadmap.
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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 …
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.”
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 nearly 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.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
IBM unveils developer tools and cloud-based data analysis services mining Twitter data  —  IBM Introduces Twitter-Fueled Data Services for Business  —  When IBM announced its partnership with Twitter last October, the move seemed both promising and logical.
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 …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Rdio taps Songkick to display live tour date information for artists  —  Music-streaming service Rdio made a handful of announcements at the SXSW festival today, including Songkick integration that will surface live concert information on artists directly within the Rdio app.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Bezar, Bradford Shellhammer's Reimagined Fab.com, Goes Live Today  —  Bezar, the curated online marketplace that takes after its predecessor Fab.com, is going live today with twelve designers across four categories: (art, accessories, house, and jewelry).  —  Bezar was founded by Bradford Shellhammer …

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