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April 17, 2015, 5:55 AM

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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 …
Joel Hruska / ExtremeTech:
How Moore's Law has been reinvented over the last 50 years, becoming cultural shorthand for innovation itself  —  Moore's Law is dead, long live Moore's Law  —  Moore's Law turns 50 this coming week — making this an opportune time to revisit Gordon Moore's classic prediction …
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
FAQ: The New Yahoo-Microsoft Deal, Explained  —  Yahoo and Microsoft have reached new terms in their search partnership that was created in 2009.  Here's how the new deal will work to give Yahoo more flexibility about ads.  —  Yahoo and Microsoft have renewed their search partnership.  What's changed?
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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 …
Mat Honan / BuzzFeed:
Square's Jack Dorsey on using data to minimize risk and improve the company's margins, on how Caviar helps Square get inside restaurants, more  —  Square's Jack Dorsey Puts It All Together  —  The Square CEO and Twitter founder explains how his company's recent spate of initiatives fit together in the big picture.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Google Updates Chrome Browser for iOS With Notification Center Widget, App Extensions  —  Google today released a significant update to its Chrome browser for iOS, adding several features to improve its compatibility with iOS 8.  There's a new Notification Center widget that includes controls …
Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
Instagram Tightens Guidelines to Curb Pornography and Harassment  —  Instagram is dropping the nice-guy act.  —  The photo- and video-sharing app Thursday unveiled more-detailed standards for images, aimed at curbing pornography and harassment.  The tone is tougher, too …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple Stores to Offer ‘Apple Watch Basics’ Workshops Beginning April 24  —  Starting on April 24, it appears that Apple will be offering “Apple Watch Basics” workshops in some of its retail stores around the world, helping customers who begin receiving their watches on that day to learn how to use them.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
After IAC acquisition, dating app HowAboutWe relaunches with on-demand date matching, highly targeted search, updated pricing, and more  —  The New HowAboutWe Will Let You Order A Date On Demand  —  HowAboutWe, five years old and recently acquired by digital dating giant IAC …

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