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March 26, 2015, 1:30 PM

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Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Profile: since replacing the legendary Jobs, Tim Cook has led Apple to even greater financial success and changed the culture of the company  —  Apple's Tim Cook leads different  —  Tim Cook assumed he was ready for the harsh glare that shines on Apple's AAPL CEO.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter launches Periscope: replays are its killer feature, push notifications are noisy  —  Periscope, Twitter's answer to Meerkat-style live streaming, is now available  —  Live-streaming apps are the thirstiest of all media.  A Facebook post wants a like, a tweet begs for favs, and a snap means little without a response.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple Watch launch retail stock to be limited for many models, reservations favored  —  If you want to buy the Apple Watch model of your choice at an Apple Store at launch, you should consider pre-ordering online or through an Apple Store reservation, sources have told 9to5Mac.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Amazon Cloud Drive goes unlimited: $11.99/year for photos and $59.99/year for everything  —  Amazon has announced two unlimited storage plans for its cloud-based storage service, Amazon Cloud Drive, which sees a massive price reduction for its giant hard-drive in the sky.  —  The plans focus on two specific scenarios.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
HTC One M9 to go on sale for $649 unlocked tonight  —  Never mind that M9+ thing in China.  Back in the US, it's all about the M9 for local HTC fans, as the device is about to hit the official online store at midnight ET for $649 unlocked (it'll have the same bands as the AT&T model).
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Galaxy S6 release date is April 10th, and US pre-orders start tomorrow  —  Samsung today announced that the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be available on US carriers starting April 10th, the same time as they are scheduled to be available for sale across the world.
Zac Bowden / WinBeta:
Microsoft working on successor to Surface 2 tablet running full Windows instead of Windows RT, and Intel Atom or Core M processor  —  EXCLUSIVE: Microsoft is building a successor to the Surface 2 (RT), here are the first details  —  The Surface 2 is currently Microsoft's latest iteration of its Windows RT based tablet line-up.
Bloomberg Business:
Apple to expand iPhone trade-in program to China as soon as March 31 in partnership with Foxconn  —  Apple Plans China IPhone Trade-In Program With Foxconn  —  (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. plans to introduce a trade-in program for iPhones in China, people familiar with the effort said, after a similar program bolstered sales in the U.S.
Michael Zelenko / The Verge:
Tinder hack fools men interested in female bait profile into unwittingly flirting with each other  —  A brilliant Tinder hack made hundreds of bros unwittingly flirt with each other  —  Man is a thirsty beast, and nowhere is that thirst more acutely exemplified than on Tinder …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Zynga must face lawsuit alleging fraud tied to IPO  —  (Reuters) - Zynga Inc must face a lawsuit accusing the online gaming company known for “FarmVille” of defrauding shareholders about its prospects before and after its December 2011 initial public offering.
Spencer Woodman / The Verge:
Exclusive: Amazon makes even temporary warehouse workers sign 18-month non-competes  —  Contract says it can limit jobs across the globe  —  Amazon is the country's largest and most sophisticated online retailer, but it still runs largely on manual labor.  Scattered around the country …
New York Times:
Apple unable to persuade record labels to lower licensing costs for Beats streaming music service; will be priced similarly to rivals at around $10  —  Apple and Beats Developing Streaming Music Service to Rival Spotify  —  In what would be the biggest change to its music strategy in years …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Lyft adds optional user profiles for drivers and passengers to its app  —  Lyft Adds Profiles to Make Ride Sharing More Personalized  —  In 1971, Herb Kelleher, a founder of Southwest Airlines, had an idea: As competition in the burgeoning airline industry intensified, he wanted to make his small …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Will Not Integrate Its Dart Programming Language Into Chrome  —  Dart is not coming to Chrome, Google announced today.  —  The lingua franca of the web is JavaScript, but with Dart, Google launched a project that effectively aimed to replace JavaScript.
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter to Surpass Yahoo in U.S. Display Ad Revenue, eMarketer Says  —  Twitter is set to take Yahoo 's place as the third-largest seller of online display advertising in the U.S., according to eMarketer.  —  The social media site is expected to claim 5% of the U.S. display ad market this year …
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Meerkat's Series B investors includes an array of Hollywood names along with lead Greylock  —  Meerkat Confirms It Raised A Round Led By Greylock, Josh Elman Joins Meerkat's Board  —  Late last week, our own Jordan Crook reported that Meerkat, the trendy, Twitter-centric livestreaming app …
James Trew / Engadget:
Create apps for your quadcopter with 3D Robotics' free ‘DroneKit’ software  —  3D Robotics develops the open source software that powers a lot of home brew UAVs.  Today it's introducing a new tool to the public: DroneKit, software that allows anyone to create apps for, well, drones!
Brody Mullins / Wall Street Journal:
Google's frequent visits to the White House during FTC antitrust probe highlight the company's reach in Washington  —  Google Makes Most of Close Ties to White House  —  Search giant averages a White House meeting a week during Obama administration  —  WASHINGTON—As the federal government …

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