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April 7, 2015, 7:50 PM

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Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed:
Sources: Google plans to announce a product connecting its search users with home-service providers this spring  —  Google Wants To Send You A Plumber  —  The company is readying a new product intended to connect search users with local home-service providers.
Abhijeet M. / SamMobile:
Samsung's round smartwatch to be called Gear A, come in two variants, one with Bluetooth, one with 3G and calling support  —  Exclusive: Samsung's round smartwatch to be called Gear A, have 3G and calling support  —  A perfect smartwatch?  There's no such thing, but Samsung …
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 …
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
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 …
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Former Uber CTO launches Ride, a carpool-organizing service for co-workers, backed by Uber investor TPG  —  Early Uber Architect Launches Carpooling App ‘Ride’  —  A new smartphone app with ties to Uber aims to make carpooling easier for millions of daily commuters.
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
Meld, creator of smart oven knobs with automatic temperature controls, launches Meld Knob and and Clip on Kickstarter  —  With Meld, Another Step Toward the Internet of Tasty Things  —  SEATTLE — Most demonstrations of new technology do not involve cooking and then tasting freshly fried potato chips …
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.
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 …

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