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March 25, 2015, 1:00 PM

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TechCrunch:
Facebook F8 App Confirms Messenger As A Platform, Parse For IoT  —  A notification just sent out by the official app for Facebook's F8 conference later today reads “The Garage and Demo areas are now open!  Just revealed: Parse for IoT, Messenger as a Platform, and the Teleportation Station.”
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple Acquires Durable Database Company FoundationDB  —  Apple has acquired FoundationDB, a company that specializes in speedy, durable NoSQL databases, TechCrunch has learned.  —  A notice on the FoundationDB site notes that it's no longer offering downloads of its database software.
Richard Lewis / The Daily Dot:
Sources: YouTube plans to relaunch live streaming service this year with a focus on gaming, taking on Twitch  —  YouTube to relaunch livestreaming service with focus on esports and gaming  —  YouTube is preparing to relaunch its livestreaming platform with a renewed focus on live gaming …
John Koller / PlayStation.Blog:
PS4 update brings suspend and resume, external HD backups, improved social features, and more  —  PS4 System Update 2.50 Available Tomorrow, Features Detailed  —  Tomorrow, PlayStation 4 will get an update to system software version 2.50, codenamed “Yukimura,” which will bring an onslaught of features …
Joshua Brustein / Bloomberg Business:
RadioShack's Bankruptcy Could Give Your Customer Data to the Highest Bidder  —  The phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and shopping habits of more than 100 million customers are part of RadioShack's bankruptcy auction … The remnants of RadioShack's retail empire went on the auction block on Monday …
TechCrunch:
47 Startups That Launched At Y Combinator Winter 2015 Demo Day 2  —  Y Combinator got so big, it had to split its Demo Day in two.  During today's second wave we saw a variety of promising biotech, marketplace, enterprise, and financial tech startups.  Yesterday we chronicled 50 consumer, B2B, developer, and hardware companies.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Google is working on a project that lets users receive and pay bills with debit or credit cards from Inbox app and Gmail, to debut in fourth quarter  —  Google Working on Project to Let You Receive and Pay Bills Directly Inside Gmail  —  Google's mission to organize the world's information is now targeting your physical mailbox.
Mark Hachman / PC World:
Microsoft: Office will be free for devices under 10 inches  —  Microsoft drew a line in the sand on Tuesday, as its Office 365 chief said that editing and viewing documents on small-screen devices would continue to be free—likely killing off the idea of a small-screen Surface Pro mini, incidentally.
More: Office Blogs and BetaNewsTweets: @epro
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.
David Morgan / Reuters:
Amazon blasts FAA for slowness on drone regulation, claims its recently cleared drone is already obsolete  —  Amazon blasts U.S. FAA for slowness on drone regulation  —  (Reuters) - E-commerce power Amazon.com blasted federal regulators on Tuesday for being slow to approve commercial drone testing …

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