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AsOf9: Facebook is Building $1.5bn Data Center & Top Stories

AsOf9, your daily technology news brief is here. In today’s news: Facebook is Building $1.5bn Data Center & Top Stories.

Yahoo Will Shut Down Upcoming, Deals, SMS Alerts, Kids, Some Of Mail To Focus On Apps You’ll Use Daily: Yahoo has just announced a change in strategy designed to prep it for the mobile age and let it concentrate on core products like the Mail and Weather apps it launched yesterday. Soon, it will shut down Upcoming, Deal, SMS Alerts, Yahoo Kids, Yahoo! Mail and Messenger feature phone (J2ME) apps, and some older versions of Yahoo! Mail.  More here.

facebook-homeFacebook Home passes 500,000 installations on Google Play one week after launch: Facebook’s new Home Android launcher has passed the 500,000 download mark on the Google Play store after a little over a week in the wild, though it continues to accumulate mostly negative reviews and has sunk to an average rating of 2.2. More here. (Recommended Read: Facebook Home Now Available for Users Across the World; Our Thoughts)

Y Combinator’s Paul Graham Takes His First Ever Board Seat With Healthcare Crowdfunding Non-Profit Watsi: More here.

G.E. Reports a 16% Rise in Quarterly Profit: General Electric delivered a solid gain in first-quarter earnings on Friday despite economic weakness, especially in Europe, which is holding back demand for industrial equipment.  More here.

BlackBerry Wins Biggest Corporate Order From Canadian Tire: BlackBerry has secured an order for 3,000 of its BlackBerry 10 smartphones from Canadian Tire Corp., the biggest corporate purchase on record for the devices.  More here.

Twitter Said to Seek Deals With Viacom, NBC to Feature TV: Twitter Inc. is close to reaching partnerships with television networks that would bring more high-quality video content and advertising to the social site, according to people familiar with the matter. More here.

Facebook said to construct huge data center in Iowa: Your Facebook photos and likes may just be headed to a new home. Facebook is reportedly opening a new, $1.5 billion data center in Altoona, Iowa, according to The Des Moines Register. More here.

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