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April 14, 2015, 12:10 AM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases iOS 8.4 beta with revamped Music app ahead of new service at WWDC  —  Apple has just released the first iOS 8.4 beta, which includes Apple's upcoming revamped music app.  The seed for developers is available via the Apple Developer Center website.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
iOS 8.3 prevents iFunBox, iExplorer and similar desktop file transfer tools from accessing app directories  —  iOS 8.3 Prevents iFunBox, iExplorer and Similar Tools From Accessing Apps  —  Apple has changed security settings in iOS 8.3 that prevent file managers and transfer utilities such as iFunBox …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Apple takes only 15% of new-subscriber revenue from some Apple TV partners, including Neflix, Hulu Plus, and MLB.TV, in contrast to its 30% iOS standard  —  How to Beat Apple's 30 Percent Subscription Fee: Sell Your Stuff on Apple TV  —  Did you sign up for HBO Now so you could watch “Game of Thrones” last night?
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
TWC gives Charlotte, NC customers up to a six times speed boost for same price after Google announces Fiber for the city  —  Google Fiber plans expansion, then TWC makes speeds six times faster  —  Charlotte customers get big speed boost for same price after Google announcement.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Asus VivoWatch has a 10-day battery life, stainless steel body, is dust and water resistant, comes with heart-rate monitor and sleep tracker  —  ASUS' fitness-centric VivoWatch has a 10-day battery  —  In our review, we became quite fond of ASUS' rather handsome ZenWatch except, perhaps …
Brad Haynes / Reuters:
Foxconn iPhone production in Brazil falls short on promises of high-quality jobs, lower prices  —  Brazil's iPhone investment falls short on promises of jobs, lower prices  —  (Reuters) - The Brazilian iPhone was meant to mark a new era.  —  When Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group agreed …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
OS X 10.10.3 adds support for single-stream 4K monitors and 5K Dell displays on iMac, Mac Pro  —  OS X 10.10.3 brings enhanced 4K support (including 12-inch MacBook), adds 5K Dell for Mac Pro/iMac  —  Apple has expanded support for 4K displays in its recent OS X 10.10.3 release …
Liam Spradlin / Android Police:
Functional ‘Trusted Voice’ smart lock option is rolling out to some Android users with Google Play Services update  —  Functional ‘Trusted Voice’ Smart Lock Option Rolling Out To Some Users  —  Back when Google Play Services 7.0 rolled out, we noticed partial support for something called Trusted Voice.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
DEA pushes legal limits of surveillance, setting precedents used to justify spying elsewhere  —  Want to See Domestic Spying's Future?  Follow the Drug War  —  The NSA isn't the only three-letter agency that's been quietly collecting Americans' data on a mind-boggling scale.
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Alexis C. Madrigal / Fusion:
World's first hologram protest held in Spain in response to laws that limit protesting in public  —  The world's first hologram protest held in Spain  —  A protest group pulled off an undeniably futuristic stunt this weekend in Spain: they sent thousands of holograms parading past the lower house of the country's parliament.
David Katzmaier / CNET:
Vizio prices M series 4K TVs from $600, teases high-end, HDR-capable Reference series TVs  —  Some of our favorite TVs from last year were Vizio's M series, and now they're back with 4K resolution for inexpensive prices.  The company also teased its Reference series sets …
Financial Times:
Qualcomm rejects idea of spinning off chip business, says current business model offers most value  —  Qualcomm rejects activist call to break itself up  —  Stephen Foley in New York and Richard Waters in San Francisco  —  Qualcomm has rejected a call for its break-up …

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