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February 17, 2015, 1:30 PM

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Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Orders More Than 5 Million Watches for Initial Run  —  Apple has asked its suppliers in Asia to make a combined five to six million units of its three Apple Watch models during the first quarter ahead of the product's release in April, according to people familiar with the matter.
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:
WSJ: Apple struggled to find purpose for Apple Watch after many planned health features were cut, 5 million units ordered  —  The Wall Street Journal revealed tonight that many of the planned health features that Apple intended to include in its first-generation wearable were cut from the final product.
Kirk Koenigsbauer / Office Blogs:
Office mobile and web apps now support more third-party cloud storage services, including iCloud and Box  —  New cloud storage integration for Office  —  Today's post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team.  —  We want Office to be the preferred …
Brad Smith / Microsoft on the Issues:
Microsoft announces its cloud services are compliant with ISO 27018, a new international standard for privacy  —  Microsoft adopts first international cloud privacy standard  —  Today marks a major milestone, as Microsoft is the first major cloud provider to adopt the world's first international standard for cloud privacy.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Sparrow Flies Away, As Google Finally Pulls iOS And Mac Email Apps From Apple's Stores  —  As Google sharpens the focus on its new Inbox email app, the company has quietly made another move on the email front: it appears to have pulled the Sparrow iOS and Mac apps from their respective Apple App Stores.
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:
Sony opens pre-orders for SmartEyeglass Developer Edition in the UK and Germany; $840 device ships in March  —  Sony Announces Pre-Orders Of SmartEyeglass Developer Edition, Starting Today In The UK And Germany For $840  —  Sony slipped the official SmartEyeglass app into the Play Store yesterday …
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
NSA-linked “Equation Group” can infect computers repeatedly via spyware inserted in hard disk firmware  —  Russian researchers expose breakthrough U.S. spying program  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
TechCrunch:
Facebook's New Ads Automatically Show A Business' Products That You'll Want Most  —  You've probably seen plenty of products advertised on Facebook, but today the company is announcing a new unit called product ads, with features aimed specifically at helping businesses sell their products.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
With IPO on Hold, Gilt Groupe Raises $50 Million Investment  —  Gilt Groupe just got some breathing room.  —  The online retailer, which sells fashion apparel at discount prices in so-called flash sales, has raised a new investment of around $50 million, multiple sources told Re/code.
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Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Pebble's Android Wear support goes from beta to public release  —  Smartwatch maker Pebble now supports Android Wear notifications  —  Obsessed with mobile growth?  Join us February 23-24 when we reveal the best technologies and strategies to help your company grow on mobile.

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