TC Roundup: Yahoo pulls the plug on China operations

TC Roundup: Yahoo pulls the plug on China operations

Yahoo pulls the plug on China operations: Yahoo Inc. is withdrawing its remaining operations in China, laying off between 200 and 300 employees and shutting down its Beijing research center, according to a person familiar with the matter. (The Wall Street Journal)

Amazon expands Prime Now one-hour delivery service to Baltimore and Miami: Amazon today announced that Prime Now, its one-hour delivery service, is available in Baltimore and Miami.

The service had previously only been available for Amazon Prime members in parts of New York City since launching last December. Subscribers who pay the annual $99 membership can use the Amazon Prime Now app to order a wide range of items for rapid delivery in areas where it operates. (Venture Beat)

Microsoft drops new Windows 10 build, promises faster updates: This afternoon, Microsoft released a new Windows 10 build for participants in its beta program for the forthcoming operating system.

The build ("10041″ for those keeping score) includes a number of new features and fixes that we'll get to in a moment, but more importantly Microsoft has retooled its release program to get new, fresher code more quickly into the market. The more than 3 million people who are part of the Windows 10 testing group who elect to receive faster updates of less-solid code will now receive them at an accelerated rate. (Tech Crunch)

Edward Snowden would like to explain himself to a jury, but he can't: Edward Snowden wants to come home. The onetime National Security Agency contractor who leaked some of its deepest secrets first to journalists and then the world, told a standing-room only audience at the CeBit conference in Hanover, Germany, that he'd like to negotiate a way with U.S. authorities to return legally to American soil without having to face the remainder of his life in prison. (Recode)

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