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March 8, 2015, 2:00 PM

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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apple Watch event predictions: 42mm models priced more than 38mm, Edition models over $10K, no upgradability, Photos demoed, 12" MacBook Air revealed  —  Apple Watch Prelude  —  I realize there's little point to further Apple Watch speculation at this point — in two days, we'll know most of the answers.
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Eddy Cue explains how Apple Watch uses your iPhone to authenticate Apple Pay payments  —  Eddy Cue: Here's how Apple Pay works on an Apple Watch  —  The exec in charge of Apple Pay tells CNET at a Golden State Warriors game that the mobile payments service will work on the company's …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Hands-on sources on Apple Watch: battery life for 5 hours of fairly heavy use, unannounced Heart Rate Glance feature, more  —  Sources offer hands-on Apple Watch details: battery life, unannounced features, and more  —  Just ahead of the finalized Apple Watch's presentation at Apple's March 9th …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
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Ryan Mac / Forbes:
Inside the life of Minecraft creator Markus Persson after the $2.5B sale to Microsoft  —  Inside The Post-Minecraft Billionaire Life Of Gamer God Markus Persson  —  It's 7 p.m. on a Monday in Stockholm, and Markus Persson sits on the terrace of his ninth-story office, sipping the speedball of alcoholic beverages, a vodka Red Bull.
Brian Anderson / Motherboard:
Mexican drug gangs are believed to be abducting IT specialists to build communication networks  —  The Drug Cartels' IT Guy  —  The most recent photo of Felipe García, an architect, taken just weeks before he disappeared in Northeastern Mexico in March 2013.  He was wearing this shirt the day he vanished.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Hands-on with the final version of Valve's Steam controller that will ship in November  —  Valve's virtual reality headset is great, but its controllers are the real story  —  Valve has a lot of trust to regain when it comes to hardware.  The Steam Machine concept — a fusion of consoles and gaming PCs …
Gordon Mah Ung / PC World:
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Pandora to release day pass for ad-free listening  —  Credit: Shutterstock / Evgeny Korshenkov  —  Pandora is looking to add a paid day pass to its service later this year, company executives revealed during Pandora's investor day Thursday.  The day pass will give users …
Steven Levy / Backchannel:
Behind Yahoo's critical Alibaba investment and Marissa Mayer's plan to spin it into a separate company  —  Yahoo and Alibaba: Joined at the Balance Sheet  —  You head an Internet company.  It has a billion users.  Your social product alone has over 400 million users and is actually kind of hip.
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Dave Tach / Polygon:
Behind freemium mobile game Crossy Road, which earned $10M and hit 50M downloads in 3 months  —  They wanted to make a phenomenon.  They made $10 million.  The story of Crossy Road.  —  A few years ago, Matt Hall, the 39-year-old co-creator of the enormously successful Crossy Road …
Robert Kolker / Bloomberg Business:
Behind Machine Zone's Game of War, the mobile game earning over $1M per day from in-app purchases  —  One Nerd to Rule Them All (With Lots of Kate Upton)  —  One app to find them, and a million dollars of in-app purchases every day to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
WhatsApp bans users of third-party clients until they uninstall offending apps  —  WhatsApp Says It's Not “Permanently” Banning Users From Its Service, Just Blocking Third-Party Clients  —  Quite a few reports circling the web this week appear to indicate a tightening of WhatsApp's policy toward …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
How one man had most of his online life compromised and $3000 taken after his email was hacked  —  Anatomy of a Hack … In the early morning hours of October 21st, 2014, Partap Davis lost $3,000.  He had gone to sleep just after 2AM in his Albuquerque, New Mexico, home after a late night playing World of Tanks.

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