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February 26, 2015, 11:25 AM

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Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:
Google to Bring Paid Search Results to Google Play Apps  —  Google is bringing one familiar feature of Web search to its Google Play store: Paid search results.  —  The company said it will begin testing what it calls “sponsored” search results within its app store in the coming weeks.
Miguel Helft / Forbes:
Interview with Sundar Pichai on Android, Play ads, Google+, Apple, China, and more  —  Exclusive: Sundar Pichai's Plan To Keep Google Almighty  —  If it works, do it again.  And again.  —  That's Sundar Pichai's approach as he steps up efforts to monetize the hundreds of millions people around …
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Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Net Neutrality day is here: a guide to today's vote  —  Credit: Gigaom illustration adapted from Shutterstock  —  Credit: Gigaom illustration adapted from Shutterstock  —  What is the right way to run the internet?  After months of pitched debate over so-called net neutrality …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
LG's ‘luxury’ Watch Urbane LTE doesn't use Android Wear  —  LG has already pre-announced the Watch Urbane, its “luxury” smartwatch that it's showing off in Barcelona next week, and now even more details have been revealed ahead of Mobile World Congress.  It turns out the Watch Urbane has a second …
Megan Geuss / Ars Technica:
Source: Google to announce new payments API, Android Pay, at I/O in May  —  Google will launch Android Pay at I/O in May  —  Source tells Ars that the company will revitalize its payments platform with a new API.  —  A source close to the matter told Ars on Wednesday that Google …
Jessica Conditt / Engadget:
Google is working on a Chrome reading mode, try it out  —  Google wants to give your peepers a break.  Google Chromium Evangelist Francois Beaufort laid out early versions of Reader Mode for Chrome desktop and mobile in a post today on Google Plus (of course).
Jillian D'Onfro / Business Insider:
WSJ: YouTube remains unprofitable, breaking even with revenue of $4B in 2014  —  YouTube still doesn't make Google any money  —  YouTube still isn't a profitable business for Google, sources tell The Wall Street Journal's Rolfe Winkler.  —  Thanks to a premium ads push last year called …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google Calendar for Android gets 7-day week view, pinch-to-zoom, Drive integration for events, and more  —  Google today updated Google Calendar for Android with a slew of new features and improvements.  You can download the new version now directly from Google Play.
Yuliya Chernova / Wall Street Journal:
Notation Capital, a new, “pre-seed” stage firm founded by former Betaworks colleagues Nicholas Chirls and Alex Lines, closes debut fund with $8M  —  New York Pre-Seed Fund Notation Capital Raises $8 Million Fund … A duo that helped develop numerous New York startups …
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
Google researchers have created an AI system that taught itself to play and win 49+ 1980s games; could be used for robots, driverless cars in future  —  A Google Computer Can Teach Itself Games  —  In a big step in the development of computers capable of independent reasoning …
Kevin C. Tofel / Gigaom:
Google Play increases free music storage limit from 20,000 to 50,000 songs  —  You can now store 50,000 songs online with Google Play Music  —  Google just made its Play Music service a bit more appealing, even if you don't use a Google Android phone.  You can now upload 50,000 songs …
Re/code:
Google Mulling ‘Strategic Investment’ in Device Maker Jawbone  —  Google is considering making what several sources close to the situation describe as a “strategic investment” in Jawbone, the high-profile San Francisco maker of a number of wireless and wearable devices such as the Up fitness tracker.
Kevin C. Tofel / Gigaom:
Broadcom has an Android Wear platform with 3G, NFC and more  —  Broadcom wants to make it easier for hardware makers to build an Android Wear smartwatch, complete with features that Google's software doesn't even support yet, notes PhoneScoop.  The chip company introduced its watch platform …

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