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April 16, 2015, 11:35 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 …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple officially names Steve Dowling as Vice President of Communications  —  Apple has officially named long time director of public relations Steve Dowling as its new Vice President of Communications, as noted on the company's executive bios webpage.  Dowling succeeds former Apple Communications …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google's mobile search results on Android now prompt users to install apps that have content relevant to the search query  —  Google's Mobile Search Results On Android Now Prompt Users To Install Apps With Relevant Content  —  Google's mobile search results on Android will now prompt …
Natt Garun / The Next Web:
WikiLeaks launches easy search interface for 30K documents and emails from Sony Pictures hack  —  WikiLeaks releases a searchable archive of hacked Sony Pictures emails and documents  —  WikiLeaks today released “The Sony Archives,” a searchable online database that the organization claims contains …
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.
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.
Kyle Russell / TechCrunch:
Google launches “Works With Google Cardboard” program to certify VR headsets that are compatible with Cardboard software  —  Google Announces Certification Program For Cardboard Clones  —  Google Cardboard has been a surprise hit among early adopters, giving an intentionally cheap …
Amit Chowdhry / Forbes:
Microsoft Releases ‘Halo’ Spinoffs For iOS, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 And Steam  —  Microsoft has released Halo: Spartan Strike today for iPhone, iPad, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Steam.  The game was created by Microsoft Studios and 343 Industries in conjunction with Vanguard Games.
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.
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.
TechCrunch:
Airware Launches Its Commercial Drone Operating System  —  Drones could save businesses big money by doing dull, dirty, and dangerous jobs much better than humans or helicopters.  The problem is that drones can be difficult to program and pilot.  Airware is out to change that with today's launch of its Aerial Information Platform.
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 …
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