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February 16, 2016, 7:20 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 …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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
Reuters:
Apple Pay to go live in China on Feb 18  —  Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) Apple Pay mobile payment system will be available in China from Feb. 18 for Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd (ICBC) (601398.SS)(1398.HK) customers, bank representatives said in social media posts on Tuesday.
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.

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