News items 4/13/15 Amazon, Google and More Are Drawn to Home Services Market Matt Feldman, an entrepreneur who founded Homlux to provide home services in New York, works with Amazon’s services program. By HILARY STOUT 8:54 AM ET Bringing the efficiency of the web to common household tasks has opened a new door to the home services industry, which is estimated to be worth more than $800 billion. This may well be the next big thing Prof. K. China Is Said to Use Powerful New Weapon to Censor Internet By NICOLE PERLROTH The tool allows Beijing to intercept foreign web traffic and inject malicious code, and it could have more powerful capabilities. Twitter’s Evolving Plans to Make Money From Its Data Stream By VINDU GOEL Twitter said it would no longer license its stream of half a billion daily tweets to resellers, a sign that it wants to play a bigger role in how companies use it to glean insights about their customers. Fund-Raising May Value Spotify Above $8 Billion If the investment round closes, it will place Spotify firmly in the ranks of some of the most richly valued technology companies, joining the likes of Uber, Airbnb and Snapchat. By MICHAEL J. de la MERCED and MIKE ISAAC All Pet Rocks! Prof. K. Phone Cameras and Apps Help Speed Calls for Police Reform People who support police reform say watchdog smartphone apps are evidence of the power of tech weapons in the fight. The videos are very chilling!!!! Prof. K. By FARHAD MANJOO and MIKE ISAAC • • Video of Walter Scott Shooting Reignites Debate on Police Tactics Seeing Path to Justice in Video of Shooting on Bystander’s Phone Ahead of Watch Release, Apple to Allow Customers to Try It On The era of online shopping made “buy before you try” (and ship back if you don’t like it) a typical consumer experience. The Apple Watch, which releases April 24, is probably something you should actually try before buying…. Shoppers can begin ordering the watch at 3:01 a.m. Eastern time on Friday. By BRIAN X. CHEN I need a countdown clock Prof. K.
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