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April 16, 2015, 5:25 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 …
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Slack confirms raising $160M at a $2.8B valuation with new investors including DST Global, IVP, and Horizons Ventures, claims 750K daily users  —  Slack confirms $160M funding round at $2.8B valuation  —  Slack, that San Francisco startup with an increasingly popular team communication app …
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.
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.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Updated Google app for Android lets you locate and ring your device by typing “find my phone” into Google search box on desktop  —  You can now Google your lost Android phone  —  Despite all its efforts in various markets, Google is still primarily a search company.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Netflix will stop asking ISPs to exempt its videos from data caps  —  Netflix regrets striking cap-exempt deal in Australia.  —  Netflix says it regrets striking a deal that exempted its videos from data caps imposed by an Internet service provider and will avoid such arrangements in the future.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple makes “last-minute decision” to use TSMC for 30% of A9 chip orders for next iPhone  —  Apple makes ‘last-minute decision’ to use TSMC for 30% of ‘A9’ chip orders for next iPhone  —  Facing poor yield rates from chipmaker GlobalFoundries …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Mozilla prepares marketing and product push in attempt to stop its decline, will release Firefox for iOS; president Li Gong and mobile VP Rick Fant to leave  —  As Mozilla Prepares Firefox Fightback, President Li Gong And Mobile VP Rick Fant Leave  —  Mozilla and its Firefox browser …
More: WebProNews
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
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 …
More: PE Hub Blog and CNN
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple Seeds First OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite Beta to Developers  —  Apple today seeded the first beta of OS X 10.10.4 to developers, just over a week after releasing OS X 10.10.3 with the Photos for OS X app to the public.  —  The new beta, build 14E7f, can be downloaded from the Mac Developer Center.
TechCrunch:
Etsy Stock Surges 86 Percent At Close Of First Day Of Trading to $30 Per Share  —  Etsy, the online marketplace for handmade goods, went public today.  It turns out Wall Street investors like those homespun crafts.  Shares opened at $31 on the NASDAQ, popping up 94 percent from the initial set price of $16 per share.

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