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May 10, 2015, 3:25 PM

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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
How Microsoft's strategy for supporting apps developed for Android and iOS differs from similar plans by BlackBerry and IBM  —  Android and iOS apps on Windows: What is Microsoft doing—and will it work?  —  Running a competitor's apps has been done before.  It hasn't worked.
More: BGR
Boris Wertz / Version One:
“Uber for X” works well only when X is a frequently-used, time-sensitive, commoditized service  —  Why there won't be an Uber in every vertical  —  The success of Uber has inspired hundreds of startups to call themselves the “Uber of X, Y, or Z.”
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Overcast's Apple Watch app redesign shows why scaled-down iPhone apps don't work well on Watch  —  Redesigning Overcast's Apple Watch app  —  I originally designed the Apple Watch app for my podcast player, Overcast, with a scaled-down version of the iPhone app's structure.
Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Zynga says it's shutting down data centers it spent $100M to build, goes back to Amazon  —  For Zynga, a Journey From the Cloud to Home — and Back Again  —  In 2009, Zynga was a marquee customer for Amazon.com 's cloud-computing services.  Two years later, it spent $100 million to build …
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Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Amazon's ever-cheaper Fire Phone gets a belated KitKat update  —  A significant change for the few who took a chance on Amazon's first phone.  —  It's been a while since we last checked in with the Fire Phone, Amazon's attempt to break into the high-end smartphone market.
Wavelength:
Wavelength gives up on a sharing feature for movies that viewers own, but reopens site for showcasing movie collections, browsing friends' libraries  —  Update!  —  Hello!  —  Today we're excited to reopen wavelength.io.  We've been working hard to bring you a great product and we're grateful for your support.
New York Times:
SherpaShare helps workers optimize pay from multiple services like Uber, Lyft, and Postmates  —  An App That Helps Drivers Earn the Most From Their Trips  —  When Steve Smith began driving for Uber and Lyft several months ago, he concentrated on picking up passengers near his Walnut Creek neighborhood in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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