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March 11, 2015, 3:50 PM

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Mic Wright / The Next Web:
iTunes Store unable to fulfill many purchases; Apple's developer site, iTunes Connect, iCloud services experiencing issues, some stores using manual CC machines  —  Apple's iTunes Store is having problems and iTunes Connect is down  —  It looks like Apple is having a bad Wednesday.
Everett Rosenfeld / CNBC:
Apple blames internal DNS error for widespread outages on App Store, iTunes Store, more  —  Apple apologizes after widespread service outage  —  Apple has made a statement in regards to a server outage, with CNBC's Josh Lipton.  —  Several Apple services, including iTunes and the App Store …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google launches new Chromebook Pixel at a lower price with two USB Type-C ports, $999 for Core i5, $1,299 for Core i7, now for sale on Google Store  —  Meet Google's New Chromebook Pixel  —  Google's Chromebook Pixel has always been an aspirational machine meant to show off Chrome OS at its best.
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Review: New Chromebook Pixel is still lovely hardware with limited appeal  —  It's $300 cheaper and lasts over twice as long, but few need a premium Chromebook.  —  Chromebooks are cheap.  They work best that way.  It's rare to find one north of $400, and the sweet spot is between $200 and $300.
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Verizon finally launches Nexus 6 with Android 5.1 and HD Voice, available online tomorrow and in stores on March 19  —  Verizon finally picks up the Nexus 6, comes with 5.1 and HD voice  —  Google's flagship comes to Verizon on March 12th.  —  Four months after every other carrier …
Graham Ruddick / Telegraph:
Google opens first Google Shop within Currys PC World in London to sell Android phones and tablets, Chromebooks, Chromecast  —  Google opens first ever Google Shop in London  —  Google to sell Android phones, Chromebook laptops, and Chromecast TV service through site at Currys PC World store in London
Suzanne Kapner / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Stores drive mall traffic and lift sales by 10%, enabling company to demand lower rents  —  Apple Gets Sweet Deals From Mall Operators  —  As a traffic magnet, iPhone maker is able to negotiate lower terms for rent  —  Apple stores are so popular that they can increase overall mall traffic and sales.
Don Reisinger / CNET:
Amazon's new Exclusives store features “up-and-coming brands” including Shark Tank and Kickstarter successes  —  Amazon launches Exclusives to surface ‘up-and-coming brands’  —  It's yet another niche for the e-commerce titan: Amazon Exclusives are available only via Amazon or the product makers' own pages.
John McDermott / Digiday:
Snapchat seeking deals with sports leagues and networks to feature live sports, starting with NCAA Final Four, plans ad revenue split  —  Coming to Snapchat: live sports broadcasting  —  Snapchat has grand ambitions to become a dominant mobile media platform, and it has taken one step closer with live sports.
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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Cloud Storage Nearline, A Low-Cost Storage Service For Cold Data  —  Google is launching a new cloud storage service today that has the potential to change how many companies, ranging from startups to enterprises, view online storage.  With Google Cloud Storage Nearline …
James Niccolai / PC World:
Facebook announces Yosemite server chassis and Wedge network switch will be available soon as part of the company's Open Compute Project  —  Facebook's ‘Wedge’ network switch will soon be on sale to all  —  A network switch that Facebook designed for its own data centers will soon be on sale …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Sony is closing its failed PlayStation Mobile platform  —  PlayStation Mobile, Sony's initiative to build a store for indie games and PlayStation classics that could be played on both the PS Vita handheld and certain Android phones, is coming to an end.  No further content will be published …

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