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April 16, 2015, 2:15 PM

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Yahoo:
Microsoft and Yahoo Agree to Amend Search Partnership  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif. & REDMOND, Wash.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—  Today Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Yahoo (Nasdaq: YHOO) announced that the companies amended their search partnership to improve the search experience, create value for advertisers …
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
New search deal with Microsoft requires Yahoo to monetize just 51% of its traffic via Bing, not 100% as before  —  Marissa Mayer redoes Yahoo's search deal with Microsoft, makes huge changes  —  Yahoo just renewed its search partnership with Microsoft — with huge modifications.
Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac:
Ahrendts memo: no Apple Watch in-store purchases until June, pre-orders start arriving this Friday; April 24th launch date removed from Apple's website  —  No Apple Watches in store until June, Ahrendts tells staff as April 24th date removed from website  —  Angela Ahrendts has told Apple Store staff …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Cyanogen partners with Microsoft to bundle and create native integrations of Bing, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Office on Cyanogen OS  —  Microsoft will bundle its apps on Cyanogen's Android OS  —  Rumors of a Microsoft and Cyanogen partnership have been making the rounds recently …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Problems & Solutions: Analyzing The EU's Antitrust Charges Against Google Over Shopping Search  —  After years of investigation, we finally have a formal EU antitrust complaint against Google in search.  It's narrow — all about shopping search.  Here's a look at the specific charges and what they might mean for the search engine.
Howard Blume / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. school district ditches iPad curriculum, seeks refund from Apple  —  The Los Angeles Unified School District has canceled further plans to use expensive curriculum that was part of a $1.3-billion effort to provide iPads to every student, teacher and campus administrator.
Ruth Reader / VentureBeat:
Etsy opens at $31, up 93% from IPO price, valuing company at over $3.5B  —  Etsy starts trading on the Nasdaq at $31 per share — nearly double its original price  —  Etsy began trading on the Nasdaq at $31.86 a share — a big pop from the $16 a share price the company set yesterday.
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Ellen Cushing / BuzzFeed:
Apple buys around 36K acres of private forestland to be managed by The Conservation Fund and sustainably harvested for packaging  —  Apple Is Buying Up 36,000 Acres Of Forest To Conserve It  —  The partnership with The Conservation Fund help supply the company's virgin paper fiber.
New York Times:
China suspends policy requiring audits, source code, and backdoors from foreign tech companies serving banks  —  China Suspends Rules on Tech Companies Serving Banks  —  HONG KONG — A policy that would effectively push foreign technology companies out of China's banking sector has been suspended …
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:
Cloud startup Vlocity raises $42 million led by Salesforce Ventures  —  Summary:Vlocity has honed in on the industry-specific cloud approach, with a portfolio built entirely on the Salesforce Customer Success Platform.  —  Industry cloud startup Vlocity has raised $42.8 million …
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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
KGI estimates over 2.3M Apple Watch pre-orders, 85% Sport, less than 1% Edition. Run rate pegged at 2-3M/month  —  KGI estimates over 2.3M Apple Watch pre-orders, 85% Sport,  —  In a new report from KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo, the very analyst with an impressive track record estimates …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Virginia e-voting systems relied on weak hard-coded passwords, trivial Wi-Fi security, unpatched OS  —  Meet the e-voting machine so easy to hack, it will take your breath away  —  Virginia decertifies device that used weak passwords and wasn't updated in 10 years.

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