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February 16, 2016, 12:15 PM

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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.
Matt Kinne / Phone Probe:
Galaxy S7 water resistance confirmed from Samsung video, website  —  The Galaxy S7 has been well-documented ahead of the official debut on February 21st.  We know what the specs are thanks to Evan Blass (evleaks) and that there will be two devices, the S7 and S7 edge.
Daniel Rubino / Windows Central:
LINE kills MixRadio, the music streaming service it bought from Microsoft in 2014  —  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 …
Pavel Alpeyev / Bloomberg Business:
Vaio owner says it aims to strike three-way merger deal with the PC units of Toshiba and Fujitsu by March's end, focusing on Japan market at first  —  Vaio Near Deal With Toshiba, Fujitsu to Form Japan PC Giant  —  Sony's PC spinoff aims to strike a merger deal by March's end
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Giphy closes $55M Series C at a $300M post-money valuation led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, though the service is not yet monetizing  —  Giphy Closes $55 Million Series C At A $300 Million Post-Money Valuation  —  Giphy, the Google of GIFs, has closed a $55 million Series C funding round at a valuation of $300 million post-money.
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 …
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
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
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 …
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.

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