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February 12, 2016, 4:35 AM

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New York Times:
Sources: Pandora has held preliminary discussions about selling itself  —  Pandora Is Said to Have Held Talks About Selling Itself  —  Pandora Media, the largest Internet radio service, has held discussions about selling the company, according to people briefed on the talks.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Google developing stand-alone VR headset that won't require smartphone, computer, or game console, uses Movidius chips to track users' motion  —  Google Developing Stand-Alone Virtual-Reality Headset  —  Alphabet Inc.'s Google is developing a virtual-reality headset that doesn't rely …
William Alden / BuzzFeed:
Zenefits created software tool to let sales reps fake completion of legally required course  —  Zenefits Program Let Insurance Brokers Fake A Mandatory Training Course  —  A secret software program inside Zenefits made it seem that brokers were completing a legally required 52-hour online training course …
Agam Shah / PCWorld:
Qualcomm bringing LTE connectivity to wearables with new Wear platform  —  With LTE connectivity, Qualcomm is trying to break the pattern of tethering wearables with smartphones  —  Wearables today are overwhelmingly tethered to smartwatches.  Qualcomm wants to change that by bringing LTE connectivity …
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
SoundCloud files financial results showing $44.27M loss in 2014 with revenue of $19.7M; board forecasts it will need more capital investment in 2016  —  SoundCloud financial results show €39.1m loss in 2014  —  SoundCloud's revenues rose 54% to €17.4m in 2014 …
Aaron Smith / Pew Internet:
15% of US adults have used dating sites or apps; usage by 18- to 24-year-olds has nearly tripled since 2013  —  15% of American Adults Have Used Online Dating Sites or Mobile Dating Apps  —  Usage by 18- to 24-year-olds has increased nearly threefold since 2013, while usage by 55- to 64-year-olds has doubled
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Facebook is testing SMS integration in Messenger on Android, launches multiple account support  —  Facebook has confirmed that it is looking to bring back SMS support in Messenger and has also launched multiple account support.  At least for now, both features are only for Android users.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram Reveals Video View Counts To Score Creators And Ad Dollars  —  Video is booming on Instagram with watch time up 40% in 6 months, so now it's trying to lure the best video makers and marketers from competitors like Vine and YouTube.  Over the next few weeks, Instagram …
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:
Quartz's new iPhone app uses a chat interface and push notifications to deliver curated news stories  —  Quartz's new app wants to text you the news  —  For a brief moment during development, the first app from Quartz — the four-year-old business news publication owned by The Atlantic …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Time Inc Acquires Viant, Owner Of Myspace And A Vast Ad Tech Network  —  It looks like Myspace is becoming a big-media property once again.  Today during its quarterly earnings report, Time Inc announced that it has acquired Viant, a profitable company that has built a large ad tech business …
Jason Jacobs:
Japanese footwear manufacturer ASICS acquires Runkeeper  —  Runkeeper and ASICS are Joining Forces  —  I have some big news today!  I am proud and excited to announce that Runkeeper has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by ASICS Corporation.
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