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April 27, 2015, 1:00 PM

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Allen Lo / Google Public Policy Blog:
Google announces Patent Purchase Promotion, experimental marketplace to sell patents to the company, open from May 8 to 22  —  Announcing the Patent Purchase Promotion  —  We invite you to sell us your patents.  The Patent Purchase Promotion is an experimental marketplace for patents that's simple, easy to use, and fast.
Jaimee Minney / Slice Intelligence:
Only 376K or 22% of 1.7M ordered Apple Watches shipped on the first weekend  —  Watching and Waiting: Only 22 Percent Apple Watches Shipped First Weekend  —  Most people who pre-ordered an Apple Watch did not receive one in the first wave of shipments, with Slice Intelligence reporting …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Engineering Director Lars Rasmussen Leaving Facebook To Co-Found A Music Startup  —  Facebook at Work, Facebook's first move to turn its social network into an enterprise tool, has remained in closed beta since its launch in January this year.  But as the product continues to inch …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN political reporter Peter Hamby is joining Snapchat as Head of News  —  Peter Hamby leaving CNN for Snapchat  —  Peter Hamby, widely recognized by Beltway insiders as one of CNN's best political reporters, is leaving the network to join Snapchat as Head of News, the On Media blog has learned.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:NEW
With Discover joining this fall, Apple Pay will support all four major credit cards in US  —  Discover Signs On With Apple Pay  —  Credit card provider Discover will join Apple Pay's ranks beginning this fall, the company announced today.  Apple Pay already supports cards from Visa …
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
The promise—and massive challenge—of making games for the Apple Watch  —  How to make 15-second microgames with targets “the size of salad bar ham cubes”  —  When the iPhone was first announced in 2007, Apple didn't sell the pocket computer as a gaming device.
Tim Higgins / Bloomberg Business:
Apple's HealthKit connected to 80K patient files at Los Angeles Cedars-Sinai Medical Center  —  Apple's HealthKit Linked to Patients at Big Los Angeles Hospital  —  Apple Inc.'s health-tracking software is being connected to patient files at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles …
Philip Levinson / Business Insider:
How CloudFlare, now handling 5% of all web traffic and valued at around $1B in late 2013, got started during Harvard class field trip to Silicon Valley  —  How two Harvard Business School students turned a class trip into a billion-dollar company  —  See Also
Microsoft:
Students are invited to the Break into Code! challenge  —  Young students can become technology creators in this first of a new series of contests from Microsoft Imagine.  Students can learn to code their first game in about an hour.
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Wall Street Journal:
Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron cancel $9.3B merger plans over antitrust concerns  —  Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron Cancel Merger Plan  —  Deal collapses after firms give up on winning antitrust approval  —  TOKYO—A multibillion-dollar merger that would have created …

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