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March 18, 2015, 9:30 AM

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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) …
Reuters:
Microsoft to offer free upgrade to Windows 10 even for non-genuine Windows PCs, 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 this summer …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Fast Company:
Tim Cook talks about his friendship with Steve in an excerpt from “Becoming Steve Jobs”, available March 24  —  THE STEVE JOBS YOU DIDN'T KNOW: KIND, PATIENT, AND HUMAN  —  According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, he first learned about Steve's need for a liver transplant in January 2009.
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.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Nomad's Pod is a $60 portable Apple Watch battery pack that ships in June  —  Nomad's Pod Is A Clever Portable Backup Battery For Apple Watch  —  The Apple Watch isn't available yet, but that hasn't stopped accessory makers from coming out of the woodwork to pre-announce a thriving ecosystem of companion devices for the wearable.
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 …
Steven Walton / TechSpot:
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Talks Numbers: 842 Companies Funded To Date, 22% With Women Founders In Current Batch  —  Y Combinator, the startup accelerator known for being the birthplace of Dropbox, Reddit, Airbnb, Stripe, and a number of other companies, released some updated stats this morning showing …
More: Y Combinator Posthaven and VatorNewsTweets: @paulg
Nathan Donato-Weinstein / bizjournals:
Apple leases 260K square feet of additional Cupertino office space in new mixed-use center near Campus 2  —  Apple snaps up Main Street Cupertino office buildings, and they're nothing like the spaceship  —  Apple Campus 2 might be grabbing all the headlines, but it's not the only real estate play for the Mac maker in its hometown.
More: AppleInsider and 9to5MacThanks:@svbiznate
Astro Teller / Backchannel:
Google X head Astro Teller on origin of Google X, Project Loon, Glass, self-driving cars, Project Wing, and failure  —  How to Make Moonshots  —  Astro Teller says that at Google[x], failure is indeed an option.  So is changing the world. … Closing keynote of South by Southwest

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