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April 7, 2015, 11:10 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
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Apple Acquired Search Startup Ottocat To Power The ‘Explore’ Tab In The App Store  —  Apple has slowly been making changes to improve how people search and navigate the App Store.  Part of the way it does that is via small acquisitions — some of which stay under the radar for years.
Matt O'Brien / Mercury News:
FTC asked to investigate YouTube Kids for deceptively targeting toddlers with ads  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW — Prominent consumer and child advocacy groups Tuesday will ask the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google's new YouTube Kids application, arguing that the search engine giant is unfairly …
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.
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 …
Jennifer Cloer / Linux.com:
10 Years of Git: An Interview with Git Creator Linus Torvalds  —  Ten years ago this week, the Linux kernel community faced a daunting challenge: They could no longer use their revision control system BitKeeper and no other Software Configuration Management (SCMs) met their needs for a distributed system.
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Susan Crawford / Backchannel:
Dozens of Connecticut towns installing wholesale fiber networks  —  At Least One State has a (Fiber) Backbone  —  Who's on track to get citizens high-speed Internet?  Hint: it's the only state with the word “connect” in its name.  —  Maybe you remember Sir Boss, aka Hank Morgan …
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Colin Lecher / The Verge:
FCC fines CenturyLink $16M and Intrado $1.4M for 911 outage in 2014  —  FCC hits company with record fine for 911 failures  —  In April of last year, a coding error knocked out 911 service for more than 11 million people, leaving more than 6,600 emergency calls — calls about a home intruder …

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IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
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