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March 12, 2015, 8:45 PM

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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases iOS 8.3 Public Beta, Beta Program now comprises both iOS and OS X  —  Apple has updated its Apple Seed website to include many references to iOS device management.  It has also updated the name of its program to ‘Apple Beta Software Program’, dropping the specificity of it being for OS X only.
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
Google is done selling the Nexus 5  —  Google has stopped selling the Nexus 5, the company's 2014 flagship Android smartphone.  A Google spokesperson told The Verge today that “while some inventory of Nexus 5 still exists (with our retail and carrier partners), our focus is on the Nexus 6 at this time.”
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon Has Quietly Acquired 2lemetry To Build Out Its Internet Of Things Strategy  —  Amazon is taking another step into the Internet of Things.  TechCrunch has learned, and confirmed, that the e-commerce and cloud services giant has acquired 2lemetry, a startup based out of Denver …
Mat Smith / Engadget:
After its sale from Sony, Vaio launches first mid-range nondescript Android phone in Japan  —  Here is VAIO's first smartphone  —  No longer a part of Sony, VAIO likes the look of that smartphone market, and has decided to go up against its former parent company's Xperia series with its own creation …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Video conferencing startup Highfive raises $32M Series B led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, plans to double its workforce by end of 2015  —  Highfive Raises $32 Million For Its Video Conferencing System  —  It's only been four months since Highfive's video conferencing units have been available …
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Rebecca R. Ruiz / New York Times:
FCC releases full net neutrality rules confirming it will treat Internet as telecommunications and decide what is acceptable on a case-by-case basis  —  F.C.C. Releases Net Neutrality Rules  —  WASHINGTON — Two weeks after voting to regulate broadband Internet service as a public utility …
Jane Wakefield / BBC:
BBC to give 1M mini-computers to 11-year-olds across UK as part of Make it Digital initiative  —  BBC gives children mini-computers in Make it Digital scheme  —  The hardware is a nod to an earlier scheme to put BBC Micros in schools during the 1980s  —  The BBC will be giving away mini-computers …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Facebook to face U.S. class action over children's online purchases  —  (Reuters) - A federal judge said Facebook Inc must face a nationwide class-action lawsuit seeking to force the social media company to provide refunds when children spend their parents' money on its website without permission.
Ben Popper / The Verge:
DJI set to double sales to $1B in 2015, the first consumer drone company to do so, amid VC funding talks  —  DJI is about to become the first billion dollar consumer drone company  —  The company did around $500 million in sales during 2014 and is on pace to double that this year
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google Code disables new project creation, will shut down on January 25, 2016  —  GitHub has officially won.  Google has announced that Google Code project creation has been disabled today, with the ultimate plan to kill off the service next year.  —  On August 24, 2015, the project hosting service will be set to read-only.
Ben Thompson / stratechery:
With its design prowess, retail stores, and customer base, Apple is best positioned to make the wearable market  —  How Apple Will Make the Wearable Market  —  Last fall, Apple CEO Tim Cook described the Apple Watch as the “next chapter” in Apple's history, placing it at the same level as the Mac, iPhone and iPod.
Kevin Rose / TechCrunch:
Jeremy C. Owens / Mercury News:
Cypress Semiconductor and Spansion complete $5B merger, company plans to lay off 1,600 workers worldwide within three weeks  —  Exclusive: Hundreds being laid off as Cypress and Spansion merge in $5B deal, internal memo shows  —  Today: The merger of Silicon Valley chip companies Cypress Semiconductor …
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