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February 16, 2016, 5:15 AM

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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 …
Daniel Rubino / Windows Central:
The end of MixRadio as LINE quietly kills off music streaming service  —  After a whirlwind ride through many owners the latest one - LINE - has just posted a late-night press release noting that the company is shuttering the doors on the popular music streaming service MixRadio.
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 …
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
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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LG Newsroom:
LG details its Stylus 2 smartphone: 5.7 inch display, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB RAM, 13 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera, will be unveiled at MWC 2016  —  ALL NEW LG STYLUS 2 TO MAKE FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE AT MWC 2016  —  Enhanced Stylus Pen Offers Easy Note Taking and Drawing Experience

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Microsoft:
Team ENTy of Romania crowned 2016 Imagine Cup World Champion  —  Team ENTy's project is an app for monitoring balance and posture.  Imagine Cup aims to give young developers the opportunity to acquire new and critical technical …
eero:
Ready to revolutionize your WiFi? eero now available at a Best Buy near you.  —  Get an up-close look at eero - and other connected home innovations - at nearly 600 US stores.
Worldpay:
What's the future of digital consumption?  —  Based on research from 7000+ consumers globally, discover how people pay for digital goods today and how they expect that to change.
Zoho:
Zoho Data Centers in Europe  —  We are pleased to announce the opening of two data centers in Europe — one in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and another in Dublin, Ireland.  With our new data centers …
Brookings Institution:
Why Pokemon Go's technology is no fad  —  Pokemon Go has ignited the digital world.  Every news organization has reported on why Pokemon Go, the smartphone app based on the Japanese cartoon game from the 1990s, is extraordinarily popular.
 

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