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February 15, 2016, 10:00 PM

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James Vincent / The Verge:
Samsung starts pushing Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to its devices, beginning with Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge today  —  Samsung starts Android Marshmallow update with Galaxy S6 today  —  Samsung is pushing the latest version of Google's Android operating system to its mobile devices from February 15th.
John Kell / Fortune:
Mattel's ThingMaker, a 3D-printer and app enabling kids to make toys, is available for pre-order on Amazon for $299, will ship this fall  —  Mattel Is Using 3D Printing to Resurrect An Old Hit  —  Mattel kicked off New York Toy Fair with a big announcement: the world's largest toy maker …
Fitz Tepper / TechCrunch:
Tidal Tops U.S. App Store After Landing Exclusive Rights To Kanye West's New Album  —  After scoring exclusive streaming rights to Kanye West's new album, The Life of Pablo, Tidal has taken over the number one spot on the U.S. App Store. … The album, which went live yesterday …
John Markoff / New York Times:
How software designers are grappling with creating a computer voice that people like, which is as much an art as it is a science  —  Creating a Computer Voice That People Like  —  When computers speak, how human should they sound?  —  This was a question that a team of six IBM linguists …
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Palantir acquires Kimono Labs, will shutter data collection service on February 29  —  Kimono Labs has been acquired by Palantir in a move that will see the team behind the data collection service absorbed into the secretive data analytics platform.  As a result of the deal …
Andrew Liszewski / Gizmodo:
Mattel's $40 Google Cardboard-compatible VR View-Master 2.0, coming this fall, fixes many problems of the original  —  The VR View-Master 2.0 Will Be the Best Google Cardboard You Can Buy  —  Last year Mattel completely re-invented the View-Master by turning it into what eventually became …
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
How Facebook and Google dominate digital advertising, and why other tech companies struggle  —  The Reality of Missing Out  —  When it comes to ad-supported services, pundits everywhere are fond of the adage “If you're not the customer you're the product”.
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Steve Ragan / CSO:
Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center's network down for more than a week after ransomware attack; hackers demand $3.6M  —  Ransomware takes Hollywood hospital offline, $3.6M demanded by attackers  —  Network has been offline fore more than a week, $3.6 million demanded as ransom
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Immersion files a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple over 3D Touch, Force Touch, Taptic Engine and other haptic feedback technologies  —  Haptic Feedback Company Immersion Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Apple  —  Immersion, a company that develops and licenses haptic touch …
Anthony Noto / New York Business Journal:
Web.com to acquire SMB digital marketing firm Yodle for $342M  —  Yodle agrees to $342M takeover offer from Web.com  —  New York-based Yodle Inc. has been toying with the idea of an initial public offering for almost two years.  Today, it opted for M&A instead.

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