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April 17, 2015, 11:20 AM

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Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple Stores to Offer ‘Apple Watch Basics’ Workshops Beginning April 24  —  Starting on April 24, it appears that Apple will be offering “Apple Watch Basics” workshops in some of its retail stores around the world, helping customers who begin receiving their watches on that day to learn how to use them.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Leaked emails from Sony Pictures hack indicate that Snapchat gave 0.11% of its stock to former Apple executive Scott Forstall to be an adviser  —  Snapchat Is Paying Ex-Apple Exec Scott Forstall 0.11% To Be An Advisor  —  A leaked email from the Sony Pictures hack indicates Snapchat set aside .11% …
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
FAQ: The New Yahoo-Microsoft Deal, Explained  —  Yahoo and Microsoft have reached new terms in their search partnership that was created in 2009.  Here's how the new deal will work to give Yahoo more flexibility about ads.  —  Yahoo and Microsoft have renewed their search partnership.  What's changed?
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Verizon offering FiOS TV packages with mix-and-match channel packs that viewers can swap out each month; plans start at $54.99  —  Verizon's New Pay TV Pitch Isn't A La Carte TV.  But It's Getting Closer.  —  People who say they hate paying for cable TV often say they only want to pay …
Joel Hruska / ExtremeTech:
How Moore's Law has been reinvented over the last 50 years, becoming cultural shorthand for innovation itself  —  Moore's Law is dead, long live Moore's Law  —  Moore's Law turns 50 this coming week — making this an opportune time to revisit Gordon Moore's classic prediction …
Mat Honan / BuzzFeed:
Square's Jack Dorsey on using data to minimize risk and improve the company's margins, on how Caviar helps Square get inside restaurants, more  —  Square's Jack Dorsey Puts It All Together  —  The Square CEO and Twitter founder explains how his company's recent spate of initiatives fit together in the big picture.
Anthony Deutsch / Reuters:
Dutch prosecutors launch criminal investigation into Uber for violation of court order, say police caught dozens of drivers offering illegal taxi services  —  Dutch launch criminal investigation into Uber  —  (Reuters) - Dutch prosecutors launched a criminal investigation into Uber …
Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
Instagram Tightens Guidelines to Curb Pornography and Harassment  —  Instagram is dropping the nice-guy act.  —  The photo- and video-sharing app Thursday unveiled more-detailed standards for images, aimed at curbing pornography and harassment.  The tone is tougher, too …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple officially names Steve Dowling as Vice President of Communications  —  Apple has officially named long time director of public relations Steve Dowling as its new Vice President of Communications, as noted on the company's executive bios webpage.  Dowling succeeds former Apple Communications …
Vijaya Gadde / Washington Post:
Twitter General Counsel admits to inexcusably slow abuse response times, commits to balancing free speech and safety, says size of user protection team tripled  —  Twitter executive: Here's how we're trying to stop abuse while preserving free speech  —  Open discussion doesn't mean much if some people are afraid to take part.
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
YouTube competitor Vessel raises a $57.5M Series B round led by IVP, just weeks after launch  —  Vessel raises $57.5m funding to expand its ‘first window’ for YouTube creators  —  Silicon Valley heavyweight IVP joins US startup's investors, and predicts it could be as successful as Netflix and Twitter
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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google's mobile search results on Android now prompt users to install apps that have content relevant to the search query  —  Google's Mobile Search Results On Android Now Prompt Users To Install Apps With Relevant Content  —  Google's mobile search results on Android will now prompt …
Caleb Melby / Bloomberg Business:
Tim Cook has the best pay-for-performance rating among highest-paid US executives, earning $65.2M last year  —  Apple's Tim Cook Is a Steal at $65 Million in Pay  —  Apple Inc.'s Tim Cook has the best pay-for-performance rating of any chief executive officer on the Bloomberg Pay Index …

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