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March 24, 2015, 4:55 PM

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New York Times:
Facebook to test new format for hosting publisher content within months, initial partners include New York Times, BuzzFeed, and National Geographic  —  Facebook May Host News Sites' Content  —  Nothing attracts news organizations like Facebook.  And nothing makes them more nervous.
Google:
Morgan Stanley CFO Ruth Porat to join Google as CFO on May 26  —  Ruth Porat to Join Google as Chief Financial Officer  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif (Tuesday, March 24, 2015) — Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced that Ruth Porat, currently Chief Financial Officer at Morgan Stanley, will join its management team as CFO.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Google Fiber announces Salt Lake City expansion, making it the 8th location to get the service  —  Google Fiber expands gigabit service again, plans move to Salt Lake City  —  Five metro areas on track to get Google Fiber; three already have it.  —  Google announced today that its gigabit Internet …
Chris Dixon / cdixon blog:
London-based distributed computing firm Improbable raises $20M from a16z, develops large-scale simulated worlds  —  Improbable: enabling the development of large-scale simulated worlds  —  Over the past decade, computing resources that were previously available only to large organizations became available to almost anyone.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook introduces On This Day, a Timehop-like page that shows you posts, photos, other content that happened on this day in the past, offers notifications  —  Facebook's Timehop Clone “On This Day” Shows You Your Posts From Years Ago  —  Facebook's experimented with ways to surface old Memories since 2010.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple Watch sales training encourages employees to build trust with customers so they can serve as fashion advisors during sale  —  Apple's sales overhaul for Apple Watch will focus on building trust, offering fashion views, upselling bands  —  The job of Apple Retail Store employees will begin changing in profound ways next month.
Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:
Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar's Vessel opens to public for $2.99/month, 12 months free if you sign up within 72 hours  —  Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar's Vessel Launches To The Public  —  Vessel, the new online video subscription service built by some of the early team at Hulu, is launching to the public today.
Jamie Condliffe / Gizmodo:
Xiaomi's New Mi TV 2: A 40-Inch Android-Powered Smart TV for $320  —  Xiaomi's onslaught of affordable technology continues.  The Chinese company has today launched its new 40-inch Mi TV 2: a powerful smart TV running an Android-based OS that will sell for $320.
Dennis Keohane / BetaBoston:
HubSpot acquires Google Ventures-backed social graph startup ReKindle; service closing today  —  HubSpot acquires ReKindle to add a better way to make connections  —  ReKindle co-founder and CEO Matt Grace  —  Cambridge-based digital marketing company HubSpot has made its first acquisition …
Agam Shah / PC World:
HP dumps Apple's Beats audio, partners with Bang & Olufsen  —  Hewlett-Packard once relied on Beats for audio technology in its PCs and tablets, but that was before Apple acquired it.  HP has now found a new audio partner in Bang & Olufsen.  —  HP will use Bang & Olufsen audio technology to its PCs, tablets and accessories.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Launches Azure App Service, A New Set Of Tools For Web And Mobile App Developers  —  Microsoft is launching Azure App Service today, a new cloud-based service that gives developers a single service for building mobile and web apps, combined with tools for automating business processes …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon updates Fire TV lineup with USB storage and wireless headphone support, expands TV stick availability to UK and Germany  —  Amazon Updates Fire TV Lineup With Support For USB Storage, Wireless Headphones And More  —  Amazon announced this morning that its streaming media players Amazon Fire TV …

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