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April 7, 2015, 12:20 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Andy Rubin's hardware incubator Playground Global raises $48M from Google, HP, Foxconn, others, and will provide support in exchange for equity, not capital  —  Android Creator Andy Rubin Launching Playground Global  —  Firm to provide support, advice to tech startups making devices
Jeff Brody / Redpoint Ventures:
Andy Rubin joins Redpoint as a venture partner  —  Andy Rubin Joins Redpoint  —  Most people know Andy Rubin as the creator of Android.  I know Andy as a twenty-something engineer at WebTV who had built a sleeping loft above his cubicle so he didn't have to leave the office. 20 years …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Tim Cook: Apple employees will get 50% off Apple Watch, 1000+ apps submitted  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook today sent out a memo to all employees ahead of the Apple Watch's retail try-on kickoff this Friday.  Cook thanks employees who have worked on the Apple Watch by saying, “congratulations …
Cat Zakrzewski / TechCrunch:
Jeff Elder / Wall Street Journal:
After Kleiner trial, Ellen Pao talks about workplace sexism, changing hiring practices at Reddit, more  —  Ellen Pao Says Gender Issues Won't ‘Go Away’ After Kleiner Trial  —  In first interview since losing sexism case, Pao says too many 'women feel like there's no way to win'
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Maps now includes hotel reviews from TripAdvisor and Booking.com, indicating the end of Yelp exclusivity  —  Apple Maps Now Includes Hotel Reviews From TripAdvisor and Booking.com  —  Since the release of Apple's in-house Maps app as part of iOS 6 back in 2012, Yelp …
Owen Williams / The Next Web:
Twitter now lets you add a comment of up to 115 characters when you retweet on iOS and web, coming to Android soon  —  Twitter is finally fixing the quote tweet button  —  Twitter is finally fixing one of the worst things about its services: the “quote tweet” button.
NY Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Judge says Brooklyn woman can use Facebook to serve divorce papers  —  A Brooklyn woman scored a judge's approval to legally change her relationship status to “single” via Facebook.  —  In a landmark ruling, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper is allowing …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
US Department of Justice announces first e-commerce antitrust case, against a third-party seller on Amazon Marketplace  —  U.S. announces first antitrust e-commerce prosecution  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust division on Monday announced its first prosecution …
Jan Willem Aldershoff / Myce.com:
Update for Windows 7 and 8.1 silently installs Windows 10 downloader  —  Microsoft has released an optional update that “enables additional capabilities for Windows Update notifications when new updates are available to the user”.  We discovered the update is actually a downloader for Windows 10 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel changes its accounting practices, will no longer report mobile group losses  —  Intel said that it will now combine the operating results of its PC and mobile device groups in its quarterly reports.  The move mirrors an effort in sales to hit customers with a unified sales pitch …

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