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April 16, 2015, 12:30 PM

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Yahoo:
Microsoft and Yahoo Agree to Amend Search Partnership  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif. & REDMOND, Wash.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—  Today Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Yahoo (Nasdaq: YHOO) announced that the companies amended their search partnership to improve the search experience, create value for advertisers …
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
New search deal with Microsoft requires Yahoo to monetize just 51% of its traffic via Bing, not 100% as before  —  Marissa Mayer redoes Yahoo's search deal with Microsoft, makes huge changes  —  Yahoo just renewed its search partnership with Microsoft — with huge modifications.
Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac:
Ahrendts memo: no Apple Watch in-store purchases until June, pre-orders start arriving this Friday; April 24th launch date removed from Apple's website  —  No Apple Watches in store until June, Ahrendts tells staff as April 24th date removed from website  —  Angela Ahrendts has told Apple Store staff …
Kevin Tofel / ZDNet:
EU's three gripes with Android: What you need to know  —  Summary:Did you know there are really two main versions of Android?  The one Google controls is under fire for potential antitrust practices.  Here's why.  —  After five years of investigation, the European Commission (EC) …
Howard Blume / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. school district ditches iPad curriculum, seeks refund from Apple  —  The Los Angeles Unified School District has canceled further plans to use expensive curriculum that was part of a $1.3-billion effort to provide iPads to every student, teacher and campus administrator.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Cyanogen partners with Microsoft to bundle and create native integrations of Bing, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Office on Cyanogen OS  —  Microsoft will bundle its apps on Cyanogen's Android OS  —  Rumors of a Microsoft and Cyanogen partnership have been making the rounds recently …
Ruth Reader / VentureBeat:
Etsy opens at $31, up 93% from IPO price, valuing company at over $3.5B  —  Etsy starts trading on the Nasdaq at $31 per share — nearly double its original price  —  Etsy began trading on the Nasdaq at $31.86 a share — a big pop from the $16 a share price the company set yesterday.
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Jawbone announces $199 Up4 fitness band with NFC for AmEx payments and mid-range $100 Up2 band  —  Jawbone's latest health bands: $99 Up2 & Up4 with AmEx payments  —  We're still waiting for Jawbone's long-delayed Up3 to start shipping next week, but that's not stopping it from debuting two new health bands today.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Sources: Jawbone closes $300M investment round from BlackRock, giving it a valuation of about $3B  —  Jawbone to Launch Payments Wearable With Amex, as It Closes a $300M Investment Round  —  “Reports of our death are greatly exaggerated,” said Jawbone CEO Hosain Rahman to me earlier today in an interview in New York.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Research launches handwriting input keyboard in Play Store, rendering text and emojis, supports 82 languages  —  Google Launches Handwriting Input For Text And Emoji On Android  —  Google Research today launched its latest project: Google Handwriting Input.
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:
Cloud startup Vlocity raises $42 million led by Salesforce Ventures  —  Summary:Vlocity has honed in on the industry-specific cloud approach, with a portfolio built entirely on the Salesforce Customer Success Platform.  —  Industry cloud startup Vlocity has raised $42.8 million …
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Politico:
Spotify hires four lobbyists on issues like competition and licensing, as Justice Department, Congress weigh music streaming  —  Spotify turns up volume in D.C.  —  The online streaming service hires four lobby firms on issues like competition and licensing, as it gears up to do battle with Apple.
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Netflix stock up over 10% after beating estimates for new subscribers: 2.3M in US, and 2.6M non-US; Q1 revenue of $1.57B  —  Netflix Adds 4.9M New Members In Q1, Sending Shares Up More Than 10%  —  Following the bell today, Netflix reported its first quarter financial performance …

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