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March 3, 2016, 9:00 AM

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Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Google pilots Hands Free, a voice activated mobile payments system, at stores including McDonald's and Papa John's in San Francisco's South Bay area  —  Google experiments with a way to pay without taking out your phone  —  Google is rolling out a pilot program today that introduces …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple Launches Twitter Support Account With Tips, Tricks, and Customer Service  —  Apple today created an official Twitter support account to provide customers with tips, tricks, and customer service regarding the company's product and services.  One of the account's first tweets shares step …
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AppleInsider:
IBM's SleepHealth debuts as first ResearchKit app for IBM Watson Health Cloud, to study how sleep quality impacts daytime activities  —  SleepHealth debuts as first ResearchKit app & study to support IBM Watson Health Cloud  —  Almost one year after IBM announced Watson Health Cloud …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Intel is working on an augmented-reality headset that uses RealSense 3D camera tech  —  Intel Working on Augmented-Reality Headset  —  RealSense 3-D camera technology would be used  —  Intel Corp. is joining the race to reshape reality.  —  The chip giant is developing …
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg Business:
Sources: Slack is seeking between $150M and $300M in new financing at up to a $4B valuation  —  Messaging Startup Slack Seeks Up to $4 Billion Valuation in Funding Round  —  The company is said to be in talks to raise $150 million to $300 million in financing.
Andrea Shalal / Reuters:
Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet, to head new Pentagon advisory board aimed at bringing Silicon Valley innovation and best practices to the military  —  Former Google CEO Schmidt to head new Pentagon innovation board  —  Eric Schmidt, the former chief executive officer of Google …
Andrea Shalal / Reuters:
Pentagon invites vetted experts to hack some DOD websites in a pilot program later this month; the rules and compensation have not been finalized  —  U.S. military invites vetted experts to ‘Hack the Pentagon’  —  The Pentagon said on Wednesday it would invite vetted outside hackers to test …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Inside indie photo app developer Pixite's struggle as US app market reaches saturation  —  Life and death in the App Store  —  As last year began, the app developer Pixite held its company retreat at a converted Old West movie set outside of Palm Springs.
Keith Collins / Quartz:
PIN system used by IRS to protect 724K victims of 2015 breach relies on same Knowledge-Based Authentication tech used in original breach  —  The IRS is using a system that was hacked to protect victims of a hack—and it was just hacked  —  It ain't easy being an American taxpayer.

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Online Payments Made Simple - Zoho Partners with WePay  —  Since 2008, we've been helping businesses streamline their billing.  While online payments options have mushroomed, many small businesses have avoided …
 

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