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April 7, 2015, 4:15 PM

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Napier Lopez / The Next Web:
HBO Now launches in US on Apple TV, iOS, and Cablevision's Optimum Online for $14.99 per month  —  HBO Now goes live for Apple TV, iOS and Optimum users  —  We knew HBO's new Now streaming service would launch ahead of the Season 5 premiere of the popular Game of Thrones series …
BuzzFeed:
Sources: Google plans to announce a product connecting its search users with home-service providers this spring  —  Google Eyes Home-Services Market  —  The company is readying a new product intended to connect search users with local home-service providers.  —  Via Flickr: clement127
Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
Angela Ahrendts tells employees to encourage customers to order Watch and new MacBook through Apple Store app and online store as part of “change in mindset”  —  Angela Ahrendts has told Apple employees ‘a significant change in mindset’ is coming to the way the company launches products
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
FTC to review complaint that YouTube Kids over-advertises to children  —  The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday said it will review complaints by consumer groups that YouTube Kids is a hyper-commercial app with junk food and toy ads flooding the video service.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Imgur introduces embed option for online publishers to repost and attribute photos on their own site  —  Image-hosting platform Imgur is making it easier for publishers and bloggers to use its content, with the launch of a new embed feature.  —  Similar to how you can embed videos hosted on YouTube …
Steven Musil / CNET:
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google Moderator, a service that ranked user-submitted questions, suggestions, and ideas, is closing on July 31  —  Google Moderator is shutting down on July 31, 2015  —  Google has quietly announced Google Moderator will be shut down on July 31, 2015.  Users can download their Google Moderator data …
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Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Data integration company Informatica goes private after $5.3B acquisition by private equity firm Permira  —  Informatica goes private in $5.3 billion deal  —  Summary:The data integration and management software provider will pursue its growth plans as a private company owned by Permira and Canada's pension plan.
Bijan Sabet:
Companies that need time and patience to mature may miss their chance in today's environment of huge growth rounds  —  Opportunities lost in a sea of growth rounds  —  These days in startup land we see an enormous number of startups being seed financed by angel investors, seed funds, venture capitalists, hedge funds and celebrities.
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Mumbai-based Classifieds Site Quikr Grabs $150M In New Funding  —  Quikr, which claims to be India's largest classified ads site, has scooped up $150 million from returning investors Tiger Global and Investment AB Kinnevik, as well as Steadview Capital.  —  The latest round …
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

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