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April 4, 2016, 4:05 PM

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Rob Price / Business Insider:
Nest is disabling the Revolv home-automation service on May 15, effectively bricking Revolv home hub hardware, after acquiring the startup in 2014  —  Google's parent company is deliberately disabling some of its customers' old smart-home devices  —  Nest, a smart-home company owned …
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
$85M patent verdict covering Android's push notifications, the largest ever against Google, overturned on appeal  —  $85 million patent verdict, largest ever against Google, wiped out on appeal  —  Patent describes a failed company's 1996 desktop notification system.
More: Ars Technica UKTweets: @jngross
iFixit:
9.7-inch iPad Pro teardown: A9X, 2GB RAM, less space dedicated to speakers than 12.9" model, larger capacity battery than iPad Air 2, 2/10 repairability score  —  iPad Pro 9.7" Teardown  —  Teardown  —  Teardowns provide a look inside a device and should not be used as disassembly instructions.
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Shake-up at Intel as Kirk Skaugen, head of PC business, and Doug Davis, head of IoT effort, depart  —  Shake-up at Intel as veteran execs Davis and Skaugen leave  —  Chipmaker Intel just announced the departure plans of two longtime executives, one heading up its business devoted to personal computers …
Johana Bhuiyan / Re/code:
a16z confirms it led a $3.1M round in George Hotz's aftermarket autonomous car company Comma.ai  —  A16z Led a $3.1 Million Round in Aftermarket Autonomous Car Company, Comma.ai  —  George Hotz is a famed hacker turned software engineer who recently made waves for retrofitting an Acura …
Saritha Rai / Bloomberg:
Apple faces opposition from India's largest phone brands in its push to import and sell used iPhones in the country to gain market share  —  Apple's Push to Flood India With Used iPhones Ignites Backlash  —  Apple seeks again to import and sell used phones into India

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