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March 18, 2015, 8:25 PM

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Reuters:
Microsoft will offer free upgrades to Windows 10 even for PCs with non-genuine copies of Windows, to tackle piracy  —  Microsoft tackles China piracy with free upgrade to Windows 10  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp is making its biggest push into the heavily pirated Chinese consumer computing market …
Terry Myerson / Blogging Windows:
Microsoft announces Windows 10 will launch this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages, partners with Xiaomi to test the OS on Mi 4 devices  —  Windows 10 Launching This Summer in 190 Countries and 111 Languages  —  Today at the renewed Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) …
Fast Company:
Tim Cook on Apple's Future: Everything Can Change Except Values  —  Tim Cook: Steve felt that most people live in a small box.  They think they can't influence or change things a lot.  I think he would probably call that a limited life.  And more than anybody I've ever met, Steve never accepted that.
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Former Facebook employee Chia Hong sues company for sex discrimination, sexual harassment, represented by law firm representing Ellen Pao in KPCB suit  —  Former Facebook Employee Sues for Sex Discrimination, Harassment  —  A former Facebook employee is suing the company for a number of claims …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Dark Web's top drug market, Evolution, vanishes overnight, in what appears to be a $12M scam  —  Dark Web's ‘Evolution Market’ Vanishes  —  The Evolution Market, an online black market that sells everything contraband — from marijuana, heroin and ecstasy to stolen identities …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Sony's PlayStation Vue streaming TV service launches today in NYC, Chicago, and Philadelphia, starts at $50/month with about 50 channels including CBS, Fox, NBC  —  Sony's PlayStation Vue streaming TV service launches today in New York City, Chicago, and Philadelphia
Adrian Wan / South China Morning Post:
Yahoo to close Beijing research center, its only office in China, and to lay off 350+ employees  —  Yahoo to close Beijing research centre as company seeks to downsize  —  US internet giant Yahoo will close its research and development centre in Beijing as the firm seeks to consolidate some jobs into fewer offices....
Telis Demos / Wall Street Journal:
Ad tech firm AppNexus acquires rival Yieldex for $100M+ in cash-and-stock deal  —  AppNexus Buys Yieldex for $100 Million … Two New York-based startups are merging, with potential IPO ramifications.  AppNexus Inc., the automated online advertising technology firm, is acquiring rival Yieldex, the companies are set to announce.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
HTC will replace your One M9 in the US if it breaks or you want to switch carriers  —  ‘Because bad things happen to good smartphones.’  —  Every smartphone maker claims to support its devices after they've been bought, but today HTC asserts itself as the company that does it more comprehensively than anyone else.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Amazon Will Shut Down Amazon Webstore, Its Competitor to Shopify and Bigcommerce  —  Amazon has started telling online merchants that it plans to shut down its Amazon Webstore business, which helps small and midsize retailers create and run their own online shop, according to sources.

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