February 15, 2016, 1:30 PM

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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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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 …
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: to acquire SMB digital marketing firm Yodle for $342M  —  Yodle agrees to $342M takeover offer from  —  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.
Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:
Hulu's universal Windows 10 app features live tiles and Cortana  —  A big part of the promise of Windows 10 is the big push for universal applications, which enable developers to write one app that'll work on PCs, phones and tablets.  Hulu has embraced Microsoft's vision and is launching its universal Windows 10 application today.
Ben Rosen / BuzzFeed:
How one teen and her friends use Snapchat, replying to 40 snaps in under a minute, getting scores of 100K+ in 45 days, burning tens of gigabytes of data a month  —  My Little Sister Taught Me How To “Snapchat Like The Teens” … TRENDING  —  I'm 29 years old, and I've been on Snapchat for about a year now.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Indian e-commerce firm Snapdeal raises $200M round led by Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan  —  Snapdeal Raises $200M More To Fuel Up For India's Ongoing E-Commerce Battle  —  Snapdeal, India's second largest e-commerce site, has pulled in $200 million in new funding via an investment led …
M. Mitchell Waldrop / Nature:
Semiconductor industry roadmap to abandon pursuit of Moore's law for the first time as computing becomes increasingly mobile  —  The chips are down for Moore's law  —  The semiconductor industry will soon abandon its pursuit of Moore's law.  Now things could get a lot more interesting.

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App Annie:
How Snapchat's Spectacles Could Shape Mobile Advertising  —  Snapchat — now Snap Inc. — has entered the hardware game.  What does this mean for its burgeoning ad business?

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