April 7, 2015, 12:35 PM

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
HBO Now launches in US on Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad for $14.99 per month  —  HBO Now Arrives On Apple TV, iPhone And iPad  —  The HBO Now app has made its way to the Apple TV and iOS as of today.  The HBO Now channel was promised for availability ahead of the Game of Thrones premiere …
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.
Susan Crawford / Backchannel:
Dozens of Connecticut towns are on a path towards 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 …
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Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Kleiner general partner Matt Murphy, who fired Ellen Pao, to leave KPCB  —  Kleiner Partner to Leave After Trial  —  Matt Murphy says he will look for a new opportunity  —  Venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers will move on from its three-year legal battle …
Jennifer Cloer /
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.
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 …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Viacom cites “changing media consumption habits” in $750M writedown  —  Viacom Says the Internet Made Its Reruns Less Valuable  —  Sorry, Snooki.  You're not worth as much as you used to be.  —  Blame Amazon, YouTube and the rest of the Internet.

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