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April 7, 2015, 1:25 PM

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Napier Lopez / The Next Web:
HBO Now launches in US on Apple TV, iOS, and Cablevision's Optimum Online for $14.99 per month  —  HBO Now goes live for Apple TV, iOS and Optimum users  —  We knew HBO's new Now streaming service would launch ahead of the Season 5 premiere of the popular Game of Thrones series …
Wall Street Journal:
Andy Rubin's hardware incubator Playground Global raises $48M from Google, HP, Foxconn, others, and will provide support in exchange for equity, not capital  —  Android Creator Andy Rubin Launching Playground Global  —  Firm to provide support, advice to tech startups making devices
Matt O'Brien / Mercury News:
FTC asked to investigate YouTube Kids for deceptively targeting toddlers with ads  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW — Prominent consumer and child advocacy groups Tuesday will ask the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google's new YouTube Kids application, arguing that the search engine giant is unfairly …
BuzzFeed:
Sources: Google plans to announce a product connecting its search users with home-service providers this spring  —  Google Eyes Home-Services Market  —  The company is readying a new product intended to connect search users with local home-service providers.  —  Via Flickr: clement127
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Apple Acquired Search Startup Ottocat To Power The ‘Explore’ Tab In The App Store  —  Apple has slowly been making changes to improve how people search and navigate the App Store.  Part of the way it does that is via small acquisitions — some of which stay under the radar for years.
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Kleiner general partner Matt Murphy, who fired Ellen Pao, to leave KPCB  —  Kleiner Partner to Leave After Trial  —  Matt Murphy says he will look for a new opportunity  —  Venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers will move on from its three-year legal battle …
Owen Williams / The Next Web:
Twitter now lets you add a comment of up to 115 characters when you retweet on iOS and web, coming to Android soon  —  Twitter is finally fixing the Quote Tweet button  —  Twitter is finally fixing one of the worst things about its services: the “Quote Tweet” button.
Susan Crawford / Backchannel:
Dozens of Connecticut towns are on a path towards installing wholesale fiber networks  —  At Least One State has a (Fiber) Backbone  —  Who's on track to get citizens high-speed Internet?  Hint: it's the only state with the word “connect” in its name.  —  Maybe you remember Sir Boss …
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Viacom cites “changing media consumption habits” in $750M writedown  —  Viacom Says the Internet Made Its Reruns Less Valuable  —  Sorry, Snooki.  You're not worth as much as you used to be.  —  Blame Amazon, YouTube and the rest of the Internet.
Jennifer Cloer / Linux.com:
10 Years of Git: An Interview with Git Creator Linus Torvalds  —  Ten years ago this week, the Linux kernel community faced a daunting challenge: They could no longer use their revision control system BitKeeper and no other Software Configuration Management (SCMs) met their needs for a distributed system.

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