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April 15, 2016, 3:05 PM

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Apple stops patching QuickTime for Windows despite 2 active vulnerabilities  —  If your Windows computer is running Apple's QuickTime media player, now would be a good time to uninstall it.  —  The Windows app hasn't received an update since January, and security researchers from Trend Micro …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Researchers detail how they brute forced shortened URLs from OneDrive and Google Maps to access private information; Microsoft and Google respond  —  Researchers Crack Microsoft and Google's Shortened URLs to Spy on People  —  For anyone with minimalist tastes or an inability …
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Huawei VR headset announced in China, works like Samsung Gear VR but with P9, Mate 8 phones  —  Of course Huawei is making a Gear VR rival  —  Huawei may have just announced the fancy P9 and P9 Plus smartphones in London last week, but it actually saved a little surprise for its Shanghai launch today.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Updated Apple webpage suggests company will rebrand OS X to MacOS, possibly as early as WWDC  —  Apple hints at future ‘MacOS’ name change on new environmental webpage  —  Earlier today, Apple unveiled the beginnings of its efforts for Earth Day 2016, and with it came an updated webpage …
Bloomberg:
Sources: New Apple team led by former iAd head Todd Teresi explores Google-like paid search model for App Store  —  Apple Pursues New Search Features for a Crowded App Store  —  Company explores adding Google-like ‘paid search’ feature  —  Effort follows last year's App Store leadership change
Zen Soo / South China Morning Post:
Twitter appoints Kathy Chen as managing director in China as number of Chinese advertisers grows over 340%  —  Twitter appoints new Greater China head as number of Chinese advertisers balloons over 300 per cent  —  Pioneer microblogging service Twitter has named a new head for its Greater China operations …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Mitel buys Polycom for $1.96B in enterprise communications consolidation play  —  As more enterprises move their communications services over to IP networks and cloud-based services, we're seeing an increasing amount of consolidation as the businesses that serve them continue to grow …
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Sling is working on AirTV box able to stream local TV channels, FCC filing shows  —  AirTV Streams Local Channels Directly Into Sling TV  —  Bypassing content licensing, Sling TV will soon cram customer's local television channels directly into the company's pay TV service via a small set-top box and antenna.

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