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March 10, 2015, 11:35 PM

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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple Watch includes 8 GB of storage, allows 2 GB of music and 75 MB of photos  —  In our report last week, we reported that internal models of the Apple Watch included 8 GB of storage.  We have now confirmed with the company that the shipping units do indeed ship with an 8 GB storage capacity.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Apple can replace the Apple Watch battery; lifecycle of the battery is around three years  —  The Apple Watch Battery Is Replaceable  —  The Apple Watch got its grand unveiling yesterday.  You can read our round-up of details from Apple's event here.  But as tech watchers chewed …
Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Next iPhones will include Force Touch technology from Apple Watch and may include pink color option  —  Apple Plans Force of Touch Technology for New iPhones  —  Apple's Force Touch technology can distinguish between a light tap and deep press  —  HONG KONG— Apple Inc. plans …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
‘So When Is It Going to Be Time?’  Now, as Google CFO Pichette to Retire From Search Giant.  —  Longtime Google CFO Patrick Pichette is retiring from the company.  —  The move was disclosed in an SEC filing, and, in a post on Google+ and also in an internal memo, Pichette acknowledged the decision …
The Intercept:
New Snowden leaks show a multi-year CIA effort to break the security of Apple's iPhone and iPads  —  The CIA Campaign to Steal Apple's Secrets  —  RESEARCHERS WORKING with the Central Intelligence Agency have conducted a multi-year, sustained effort to break the security of Apple's iPhones and iPads …
Michal Lev-Ram / Fortune:
Apple commits more than $50M to non-profits to get more women, minorities, and veterans working in tech  —  Apple commits more than $50 million to diversity efforts  —  A flashy new smart watch isn't all Apple has up its sleeve.  The company is donating more than $50 million to organizations …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google Calendar launches for iPhone with Schedule View, Events from Gmail, and Assists, which make suggestions that save you time creating events  —  Google Calendar launches for iPhone  —  Google today launched Google Calendar for iPhone.  You can download the new app now directly from Apple's App Store.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Android Wear will get Wi-Fi support, gesture control in next software release  —  Faster, easier access to apps and contacts is also on the way  —  Google isn't standing still with its wearable platform now that Apple has given the press a chance to use the Apple Watch.
Sam Altman / Y Combinator Posthaven:
Peter Thiel joins Y Combinator as a part-time partner  —  Welcome Peter  —  I'm delighted to announce Peter Thiel is joining YC as one of the (now 10!) part-time partners.  —  In addition to founding PayPal and Palantir and being the first investor in Facebook, Peter has been involved …
More: Business Insider and VentureBeatTweets: @benparr
Wikimedia blog:
Wikimedia v. NSA: Wikimedia Foundation files suit against NSA to challenge upstream mass surveillance  —  Justice presides with her scale and sword at Frankfurt am Main.  —  Photo by Roland Meinecke, licensed under CC-BY-NC-ND-3.0.  —  Today, the Wikimedia Foundation is filing suit …
Michael Casey / Wall Street Journal:
Bitcoin startup 21 Inc. reveals $116M in funding led by Andreessen Horowitz, RRE Ventures, Yuan Capital, aims to drive mainstream adoption of Bitcoin  —  Secretive Bitcoin Startup 21 Reveals Record Funds, Hints at Mass Consumer Play  —  For the past year and a half, a Silicon Valley startup …

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