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April 14, 2015, 6:45 AM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases iOS 8.4 beta with revamped Music app ahead of new service at WWDC  —  Apple has just released the first iOS 8.4 beta, which includes Apple's upcoming revamped music app.  The seed for developers is available via the Apple Developer Center website.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Apple takes only 15% of new-subscriber revenue from some Apple TV partners, including Neflix, Hulu Plus, and MLB.TV, in contrast to its 30% iOS standard  —  How to Beat Apple's 30 Percent Subscription Fee: Sell Your Stuff on Apple TV  —  Did you sign up for HBO Now so you could watch “Game of Thrones” last night?
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
Docker Raises Another $95 million in Funding  —  Another day in tech, another company tops $100 million in money raised.  —  Docker, a fast-moving maker of software for managing applications on a global basis, said Tuesday that it has raised another $95 million.
More: TechCrunch
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
A closer look at the rather rough and not yet ready Windows 10 for phones  —  The new build has a ton of apps and a ton of promise, but feels a long way from done.  —  Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones took a big step forward today with the public release of build 10051.
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Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
GoButler, a Magic clone founded by ex-Rocket Internet executives, launches SMS-based ‘virtual assistant’ service in New York City  —  GoButler, The Magic Clone Founded By Ex-Rocket Internet Execs, Launches Virtual Assistant In NYC  —  GoButler, the Berlin-headquartered 'virtual …
More: VentureVillageThanks:@ingridlunden
Manish Singh / BetaNews:
OnePlus One gets Cyanogen 12 software update, Yu Yureka to receive it soon  —  The OnePlus One smartphone has finally started to receive the Cyanogen software update.  On a blogpost, the software maker announces that the OnePlus One handset is the first smartphone to snag the Cyanogen update.
Bloomberg Business:
Nokia confirms it is in advanced discussions to acquire Alcatel-Lucent  —  Nokia in Advanced Talks to Acquire Alcatel-Lucent Assets  —  Nokia Oyj is in advanced negotiations to acquire part of Alcatel-Lucent SA to strengthen its telecommunications-equipment business and better compete with Ericsson AB …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
TWC gives Charlotte, NC customers up to a six times speed boost for same price after Google announces Fiber for the city  —  Google Fiber plans expansion, then TWC makes speeds six times faster  —  Charlotte customers get big speed boost for same price after Google announcement.
Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:
Rakuten Is Looking To Acquire PopSugar For $580 Million  —  We've heard PopSugar is the latest online content company that Japanese conglomerate Rakuten is about to snap up.  These things could always fall apart, but should the deal go through, we're told it will happen in the next couple …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Interpol-organized group takes down Simda, a botnet that controlled over 770K PCs worldwide  —  Botnet that enslaved 770,000 PCs worldwide comes crashing down  —  The Simda botnet that menaced 190 countries is no more.  —  Law enforcement groups and private security companies around …
Liam Spradlin / Android Police:
Functional ‘Trusted Voice’ smart lock option is rolling out to some Android users with Google Play Services update  —  Functional ‘Trusted Voice’ Smart Lock Option Rolling Out To Some Users  —  Back when Google Play Services 7.0 rolled out, we noticed partial support for something called Trusted Voice.
Pete Rizzo / CoinDesk:
New Bitcoin Foundation Director Bruce Fenton Pledges Fiscal Reform  —  Veteran bitcoin activist Bruce Fenton has been named the Bitcoin Foundation's newest executive director.  —  Elected by a 5-to-1 vote, Fenton succeeds interim executive director Patrick Murck and outgoing executive director Jon Matonis …
Eric Walsh / Reuters:
Applications for US H1-B tech visas totaled a record 233K for fiscal 2016 for 85k open slots  —  U.S. has record number of applications for H-1B tech visas  —  (Reuters) - Applications for H-1B visas allowing U.S. businesses to hire foreign workers in science, engineering …
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Asus VivoWatch has a 10-day battery life, stainless steel body, is dust and water resistant, comes with heart-rate monitor and sleep tracker  —  ASUS' fitness-centric VivoWatch has a 10-day battery  —  In our review, we became quite fond of ASUS' rather handsome ZenWatch except, perhaps …
Pranav Dixit / Hindustan Times:
Flipkart pulls out of Airtel Zero after social media backlash, says strongly believes in net neutrality  —  The battle for net neutrality got a boost on Tuesday with e-commerce giant Flipkart pulling out of the Airtel Zero platform, with which it had recently partnered.

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