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February 23, 2015, 10:30 PM

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Shimrit Ben-Yair / YouTube Blog:
Introducing the newest member of our family, the YouTube Kids app—available on Google Play and the App Store  —  Like most parents, I love helping my kids learn more about something they're interested in.  For example, right now, I spend a lot of time on YouTube with my 3-year-old son …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases second OS X 10.10.3 pre-release w/ latest Photos app version, new Emoji, more  —  Earlier this month, Apple released the first OS X 10.10.3 pre-release update to testers with a beta version of the iPhoto replacement app called Photos.  Today an updated build is rolling out to testers through the Mac App Store.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Google strikes a deal with Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile to pre-install Wallet on Android phones, buys some Softcard technology and IP  —  Google Strikes Mobile Payments Deal With Big Wireless Carriers, Buys Softcard Technology  —  Google has inked a distribution deal with the biggest wireless carriers …
Will Carty / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter announces that it is backing the FCC's net neutrality proposal  —  Why Twitter faves #NetNeutrality  —  The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is poised to act on a “net neutrality” proposal that will put vital consumer and competitive protections back on the books …
Seth Fiegerman / Mashable:
Behind three-day-old service Magic, which aims to fulfill any request sent via SMS “like magic”  —  We've just reached the logical extreme of the ‘Uber for X’ economy  —  Mike Chen is talking quickly even though he's tired.  Unimaginably tired.
Stephen Hall / 9to5Mac:
New wider color-screen smartwatch appears on Pebble's website  —  We told you last week that Pebble is likely about to announce the next-generation of its smartwatch, featuring a thinner design, a color e-paper-like display, and a revamped OS.  Now, thanks to an image hosted on Pebble's own servers …
Barb Darrow / Gigaom:
HP reorgs cloud biz as Marten Mickos cedes key responsibilities  —  Marten Mickos, the former Eucalyptus CEO who became HP's top cloud guy in September when HP bought Eucalyptus, is turning over key responsibilities to three other HP executives, according to an internal email message viewed by Gigaom.
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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Lenovo CTO Peter Hortensius apologizes for Superfish vulnerability, promises new security policy going forward  —  Still smarting from HTTPS-busting Superfish debacle, Lenovo says sorry  —  CTO pledges new policy to prevent similar mishaps in the future.  —  Lenovo's top technical executive …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Chegg Will Outsource All Its Print Textbooks to Remake Itself as a Digital-Only Company  —  Six months ago, online education portal Chegg said it was starting to unload some of its print textbook inventory, in part to make investors happy.  —  Today, it announced it has reached an agreement …

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