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March 5, 2015, 9:55 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple plans relaunched Beats streaming music service for WWDC, skipping March event; Apple TV still coming  —  Apple won't take the wraps off of its upcoming Beats-based music streaming service at its March 9 “Spring Forward” event, according to music industry sources briefed on the launch timeline.
Ginny Marvin / Search Engine Land:
Google launches Compare for Auto Insurance, which compares car insurance rates from participating insurers like MetLife, in California  —  Official: Google Compare For Auto Insurance Launches  —  As expected, car insurance results on Google are getting a shake up as the company enters the lead generation game.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft launches free preview of Office 2016 for Mac with Retina support, OneDrive and SharePoint integration, and more  —  Microsoft launches Office 2016 preview for Mac with full Retina support, OneDrive and SharePoint integration  —  Microsoft today launched a preview of Office 2016 for Mac.
Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac:
WSJ footnote suggests 12-inch MacBook Air could be announced by Apple as early as Monday  —  Tucked away at the bottom of the WSJ's report on the often-postponed iPad Pro was a single sentence that, if correct, suggests that Apple could announce the 12-inch MacBook Air as early as Monday.
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
As VR companies battle motion sickness issues, Valve president Gabe Newell says its laser-assisted tracking system prevents nausea  —  Solution to Nausea Puts Virtual Reality Closer to Market  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Few technologies have generated more attention than virtual reality …
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
Oracle extends its adware bundling to include Java for Macs  —  Summary:For years, Oracle has tormented Windows users by bundling adware with its Java installer for Windows PCs.  With the most recent update of Java for the Mac, Oracle has begun including the same adware as part of a default installation …
More: MacRumors, iMore and Daring FireballTweets: @malarkey
Spencer Soper / Bloomberg Business:
Amazon Opens Store on Alibaba's Tmall for Chinese Shoppers  —  Don't Miss Out —  (Bloomberg) — Amazon.com Inc. has opened a store on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.'s Tmall.com, seeking to reach Chinese shoppers as the Web retailer tries to expand in the world's second-biggest economy.
More: Reuters
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Search startup Swiftype raises $13M Series B led by NEA, which also led Series A  —  Swiftype Raises $13M More For Its Smarter Site And App Search  —  Y Combinator-incubated search startup Swiftype has raised $13 million in Series B funding.  —  When I first covered the company back in 2012 …

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