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April 14, 2015, 1:50 PM

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Apple:
Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference Kicks Off June 8 at San Francisco's Moscone West  —  Developers Can Apply for Tickets Now & Millions Worldwide Can Watch Sessions Streamed Live  —  Apple® today announced that it will hold its 26th annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) …
Roger Fingas / AppleInsider:
Apple bans selfie sticks, monopods from WWDC 2015  —  In an update to the rules for Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple is banning 2015 attendees from using selfie sticks or any other kind of photo monopod within the bounds of either Moscone West or Yerba Buena Gardens.
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.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Pocket raises $7 million and launches a new responsive web app to help you read things later  —  Pocket, the service that lets you save content from across the web to read or watch later, has raised a further $7 million to grow its team and launch new products.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Skype For Business Begins Rolling Out Publicly Today  —  Microsoft's “Skype for Business,” which is designed to replace the company's older enterprise communication tool Lync, is rolling out publicly today as part of the Office 2013 April update, the company announced this morning.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Play's New Program “Designed For Families” Will Highlight Pre-Approved, Kid-Safe Apps  —  Google today announced a new developer program called “Designed For Families” which will allow app publishers to opt into an additional review in order have their apps labeled as being “family-friendly.”
Nokia:
Nokia confirms it is in advanced discussions to acquire Alcatel-Lucent  —  Statement regarding Nokia/Alcatel-Lucent media speculation  —  In relation to recent media speculation Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent confirm that they are in advanced discussions with respect to a potential full combination …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Path launches Kong, an app for creating and sharing animated selfies, on iOS and Android  —  Path's New App Kong Is A Selfie GIF Creation Machine  —  Most people know Dave Morin's Path for its eponymous social networking app, which sought to create a more intimate place for mobile users to share with their closest friends.
Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:
Rakuten Is Looking To Acquire PopSugar For $580 Million  —  We've heard PopSugar is the latest online content company that Japanese conglomerate Rakuten is about to snap up.  These things could always fall apart, but should the deal go through, we're told it will happen in the next couple …
More: Fortune and AdExchangerTweets: @serkantoto
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
A closer look at the rather rough and not yet ready Windows 10 for phones  —  The new build has a ton of apps and a ton of promise, but feels a long way from done.  —  Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones took a big step forward today with the public release of build 10051.
More: Network WorldTweets: @drpizza
AppleInsider:
Apple makes ResearchKit tools for iOS 8 available to medical researchers  —  Apple on Tuesday made its open-source ResearchKit tools for developers openly available, paving the way for doctors, scientists and others to gather data more frequently and accurately from their iPhone.
Heather Clancy / Fortune:
Cyber security startup Illumio raises $100M, adding BlackRock and Accel to existing investors in Series C round  —  Illumio, a cyber security startup, raises $100 million  —  Most companies use firewalls, intrusion detection systems and other so-called ‘perimeter’ security defenses.
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Foursquare unveils Pinpoint to show you ads based on where you've been  —  Today Foursquare raised the curtain on Pinpoint, a new advertising platform which will enable brands to target Foursquare users (and even non-Foursquare users) based on where they've been.  —  The platform isn't limited to Foursquare's apps, however.
More: Pinpoint
Michael Wursthorn / Wall Street Journal:
Etsy to let its vendors buy up to $2.5K worth of stock at IPO expected to price on Wednesday  —  Etsy Vendors to Get a Piece of IPO  —  Online marketplace sets aside 5% of planned public offering  —  Jeni Sandberg usually deals in vintage and collectible items, not in hot new stocks.
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Snapchat Is No Longer Selling Its Original Ad Unit, Brand Stories  —  Snapchat is making a few tweaks to its six-month-old ad business.  —  The company has stopped selling Brand Stories, the first type of ad it released last fall, according to multiple people familiar with the move.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
India's Restaurant Search App Zomato Raises $50M At $1B+ Valuation, Buys MaplePOS  —  Time to loosen Zomato's belt: the Indian startup whose restaurant search app is now used in 22 countries is growing some more.  The company has raised $50 million more in funding, and it has made its first acquisition …
Eric Walsh / Reuters:
Applications for US H1-B tech visas totaled a record 233K for fiscal 2016 for 85k open slots  —  U.S. has record number of applications for H-1B tech visas  —  (Reuters) - Applications for H-1B visas allowing U.S. businesses to hire foreign workers in science, engineering …
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
CTIA, NCTA, ACA follow US Telecom in filing lawsuits against new net neutrality rules  —  Flurry of lawsuits filed against Internet rules  —  Major trade groups representing the telecommunications and wireless industries are rushing to file lawsuits to kill the new net neutrality rules approved …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Microsoft buys mobile business intelligence service Datazen to improve its Power BI offerings  —  Microsoft Acquires Mobile Business Intelligence Service Datazen  —  Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Datazen, a mobile business intelligence and data visualization service.
Manish Singh / BetaNews:
OnePlus One gets Cyanogen 12 software update, Yu Yureka to receive it soon  —  The OnePlus One smartphone has finally started to receive the Cyanogen software update.  On a blogpost, the software maker announces that the OnePlus One handset is the first smartphone to snag the Cyanogen update.
Rexly Peñaflorida / Tom's Hardware Guide:
Opera launches redesigned Mini browser for Android, hopes to grow user base to 275M by 2017  —  Opera Mini Update Sports New Look And Features  —  The Opera Mini browser is one of Opera's three browsers for mobile devices.  Compared to the regular Opera mobile browser and Opera Coast for iOS …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Zenefits Allowed Back Into Utah After Insurance Brokers Tried To Kill The Innovative Startup  —  Late last year, we wrote about the ridiculous situation in which the state of Utah effectively banned Zenefits, the innovative HR software service provider that tons of companies now use.
More: ZENEFITS and Fortune

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