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February 16, 2016, 4:50 PM

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Sapna Maheshwari / BuzzFeed:
American Airlines sues Gogo over right to terminate agreement, claiming ViaSat's wifi is faster; Gogo stock falls over 28%  —  American Airlines Is Suing Gogo Over Its Crappy Wi-Fi  —  The company wants to switch to the competing service used by JetBlue and Virgin America — but Gogo is digging in its heels.
Reuters:
Apple Pay to go live in China on Feb 18 for customers of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, say the bank's representatives  —  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 …
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.
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.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Apple Uses Dr. Dre Video, Other TV Production as Apple Music Marketing  —  Wait a minute: After years of anticipation, Apple finally made its entry into the TV business, and the rest of the world ... shrugged?  —  Well, yes.  But also, no.  —  Because it's interesting — but not that interesting.
Eugene Kim / Business Insider:
Yahoo reorganizes Yahoo Labs as both its chief scientist and VP of research leave company; the researchers will now work more closely with product teams  —  Yahoo just pulled the plug on its Google-like research group  —  Yahoo is scaling back its research lab and two of its top execs are out.
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
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Fast-Growing Photo App Everalbum, A Chart-Topper On iOS, Comes To Android  —  There are apps that promise to help you free up space on your smartphone by backing up then deleting your photos.  There are apps that help you organize your photos into albums, and share them with friends.
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 …
Matthew Zeitlin / BuzzFeed:
Venmo says $1B was transferred over its service in January, $7.5B in all of 2015  —  A Billion Dollars Was Transferred Over Venmo In January  —  People transferred $1 billion over Venmo in January, the company said today, showing that usage of the mobile money app is still growing fast.

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Microsoft:
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