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April 30, 2015, 5:55 PM

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Tim Ingham / Music Business Worldwide:
Apple poaches top producers from BBC Radio 1 for new Spotify rival  —  Whatever Apple is creating to rival Spotify just got a lot more intriguing.  —  Little more than two months after poaching Zane Lowe from BBC Radio 1, MBW understands that Apple has pinched four producers from the station …
Steve Teixeira / Building Apps for Windows:
Microsoft releases preview of Windows 10 IoT Core for Raspberry Pi and Arduino devices  —  Microsoft brings Windows 10 to Makers  —  We are continually inspired by the enthusiasm and passion for technology represented by the Maker community.  Today we are excited to share what's next …
Terry Myerson / Blogging Windows:
Wall Street Journal:
Image sensors in iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 generate as much as $20 per unit for Sony  —  How Sony Makes Money Off Apple's iPhone  —  Image sensors for Apple, Samsung fuel Japanese consumer-electronics giant's turnaround strategy  —  TOKYO—Sony Corp. lost the smartphone war but rings up a sale …
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Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Microsoft showcases face detection API with a web site that guesses your age based on a photo, which quickly goes viral  —  Microsoft's face-recognition app How Old gets everyone's age wrong, turns into a meme  —  My Twitter timeline just blew up with selfies with boxes hovering above faces guessing …
Ben Thompson / stratechery:
A long-winded case for replacing Dick Costolo  —  Twitter Needs New Leadership  —  Yesterday Twitter released very disappointing quarterly results, with misses on both user and revenue growth.  From the Wall Street Journal: … The symbolism of the leak was appropriate …
Wall Street Journal:
Apple and IBM team with Japan Post to serve elderly, aim to give 5M iPads to senior citizens by 2020  —  Japan Post Teams With Apple, IBM to Better Serve Elderly  —  Post-office staffers check in on older clients, offer consultation services, report back to family members
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Secret's 16-month life: from the next big thing, to a $6M cash-out by the founders, to yesterday's news  —  A Founder of Secret, the Anonymous Social App, Shuts It Down as Use Declines  —  Last summer, employees at the start-up Secret gathered in their new offices in downtown San Francisco …
Michael J. Casey / Wall Street Journal:
Bitcoin wallet service Circle raises $50M led by Goldman Sachs and IDG Capital Partners, sources say at a valuation of $200M  —  Goldman a Lead Investor in Funding Round for Bitcoin Startup Circle  —  Goldman Sachs part of $50 million round that values Circle Internet at around $200 million
Orr Hirschauge / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Microsoft to pay about $30M for assets of touch screen technology company N-trig  —  Microsoft to Pay Around $30 Million for N-trig  —  Company's components used in Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 tablet  —  Microsoft Corp. has signed an agreement to buy the assets …
Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:
Personal Finance Startup MX Pulls In $30 Million Series A Funding From USAA and Digital Garage  —  MX, the personal finance startup formerly known as Money Desktop, has just inked a $30 million Series A funding deal led by a subsidiary of USAA.  Tokyo-based VC firm Digital Garage also participated in the round.
Thanks:@sarahbuhr
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Mobile news app Circa seeking a buyer after failing to secure a new round of venture funding  —  Exclusive: News app Circa is seeking a buyer  —  Mobile news app Circa is seeking a buyer after failing to secure a new round of venture capital funding, Fortune has learned.
Johana Bhuiyan / BuzzFeed:
Flywheel now lets you pay for cabs in its system via app even if you hail on the street  —  Flywheel Now Lets You Pay For Taxis On A Mobile App  —  The taxi-hailing app hopes the new feature will give it a leg up on Uber and Lyft.  —  Flywheel press kit

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