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April 1, 2015, 8:50 AM

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Richard Nieva / CNET:
Google announces an Asus-made Chrome OS HDMI stick called Chromebit for less than $100 and new ARM Chromebook laptops from Hisense and Haier starting at $149  —  Google pushes Chrome OS software, with or without Chromebooks  —  Google announces new Chromebook laptops and an intriguing …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Galaxy S6 review: Samsung at its best with solid build quality, great specs, useful fingerprint sensor, and gorgeous 5.1 inch display; Edge not worth extra $100  —  Samsung Galaxy S6 review  —  It's not ok to make a cheap-looking phone anymore.  —  Now that Apple is finally making big phones …
Katherine Finnerty / The New York Times Company:
NYT's Apple Watch app features custom one-sentence stories with images and bullet points; readers can use Handoff to continue reading on iPhone or iPad  —  The Times Rolls Out One-Sentence Stories on Apple Watch  —  The New York Times has developed a new form of storytelling to help readers catch up in seconds on Apple Watch.
JP Mangalindan / Mashable:
Anonymous messaging app Yik Yak is testing a photo feature  —  Yik Yak, the anonymous messaging app, is testing a new feature that would let users share photos, Mashable has learned.  —  Yik Yak is in the early stages of testing the feature on some college campuses for limited periods of time …
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Atmel ARM-based microcontroller chip could extend battery life of low-power devices to decades  —  New ARM-powered chip aims for battery life measured in decades  —  Atmel's 32-bit SAM L controllers, shipping soon, take low power to new extremes .  —  The number of things getting plugged into the …
David Mack / BuzzFeed:
Google Maps celebrates April Fools by letting you play Pac-Man using real streets anywhere as your maze  —  Stop Everything: You Can Play “Pac-Man” In Google Maps Right Now  —  There goes your productivity for today.  —  Just in time for April Fool's Day, Google has rolled out a cool …
Wall Street Journal:
How Wall Street Middlemen Help Silicon Valley Employees Cash In Early  —  Financial firms create ad hoc market where hot stocks of closely held technology companies trade largely out of sight of regulators  —  Hedge-fund manager Jonathan Sands gushed in a January email that shareholders …
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Reuters:
GoDaddy prices IPO at $20 per share, above previously indicated $17-$19 range, seeks to raise $440M at about $4.5B valuation  —  GoDaddy IPO values company at $4.5 billion  —  (Reuters) - Web hosting company GoDaddy Inc (GDDY.N) has priced its initial public offering at $20 per share …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Amazon's new Dash Button hardware offers instant orders for staple products; Prime members can request an invite to get the hardware for free  —  Amazon's New Dash Button Hardware Offers Instant Orders For Staple Products  —  Amazon has new hardware called the Dash Button that allows …
Megan Geuss / Ars Technica:
Flickr adds public domain and Creative Commons Zero designations  —  Flickr offers new public domain licensing in wake of SpaceX photo release  —  Creative Commons Zero—the CC licensing with fewest restrictions— now an option.  —  On Monday afternoon, Yahoo's photo-sharing platform Flickr announced …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook's new “Scrapbook” feature lets parents tag their children in photos, giving kids an official presence without full profiles  —  Facebook's New Photo “Scrapbook” Lets Parents Give Kids An Official Presence  —  For the first time, children under 13 are allowed to have an official presence on Facebook.

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