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March 17, 2015, 10:55 PM

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Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Sources: Apple offers to share viewer data with partners for online TV service to enable better ad targeting  —  Apple offers to share TV data to entice programming partners  —  Apple is offering to share data with programming partners to get them on board with its cable-like TV network package, The Post has learned.
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook now offers free friend-to-friend payments in its Messenger app using debit cards, to roll out to Android, iOS, and desktop in US over coming months  —  Facebook Introduces Free Friend-To-Friend Payments Through Messages  —  When you chat with friends about settling debts or splitting the bill …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Windows Hello and Microsoft Passport: Unlock Windows 10 devices and apps with your finger, iris, or face  —  Microsoft today announced biometric authentication is coming to Windows 10.  Windows Hello will let you unlock your Windows 10 device, whether it be a PC, tablet, or a smartphone, with your finger, iris, or face.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft's new modern browser, codenamed Project Spartan, will have a distinct name and brand in Windows 10, says CMO Chris Capossela  —  Microsoft is killing off the Internet Explorer brand  —  While Microsoft has dropped hints that the Internet Explorer brand is going away …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows 10 to launch this summer  —  Microsoft is planning to release its Windows 10 operating system in the summer.  While the software maker isn't naming an exact date, Windows chief Terry Myerson is committing the company to a summertime launch today.  “We continue to make great development progress …
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Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Adobe sees solid Q1 with $1.11B in revenue, 517K new paying Creative Cloud subscribers  —  Adobe now has 3.97 million paying Creative Cloud subscribers, the company shared within its first quarter 2015 financial report today.  —  Adobe aims to hit nearly six million paid subscribers by the end of 2015 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
App Submissions On Google Play Now Reviewed By Staff, Will Include Age-Based Ratings  —  Google Play, Google's marketplace for Android applications which now reaches a billion people in over 190 countries, has historically differentiated itself from rival Apple by allowing developers …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Nintendo Partners With DeNA To Bring Its Games And IP To Smartphones  —  Nintendo is finally bringing its games and characters to mobile after the company surprised the tech world with an alliance with Japanese mobile gaming firm DeNA.  —  The duo announced a collaboration that will see them jointly develop games for “smart devices.”
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Twitter Is Limiting Porn In Top Search Results  —  Users can still tweet adult images and links, but “Top” searches for terms like “#porn” and “#vagina” draw very few results.  —  Twitter appears to be blocking sex and porn terms from its “Top” search results.
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Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Uber now lets developers embed its ridesharing service into any app  —  Uber just made it so any app can request a ride for you.  —  Today the company updated its API, introducing a feature called “Request endpoints.”  Ignoring the technical jargon detailed here, the feature enables third-party apps to …
Kyle Russell / TechCrunch:
Ustream opening up its internal SDK and API to developers, enabling anyone to build Meerkat-like apps, by invitation only for now  —  Ustream's New Live-Broadcasting SDK Lets You Build Your Own Meerkat  —  Call it a sign of the times: hot on the heels of Meerkat's sudden boom …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Rdio taps Songkick to display live tour date information for artists  —  Music-streaming service Rdio made a handful of announcements at the SXSW festival today, including Songkick integration that will surface live concert information on artists directly within the Rdio app.
Ron / WinBeta:
Bing Distill is Microsoft's version of Yahoo Answers, website is live and you can request an invite  —  At the beginning of this year, we reported that Microsoft was working on curating human answers in a new service called Bing Distill.  The word distill, for those curious, means …

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