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March 30, 2015, 10:40 AM

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Tim Cook / Washington Post:
Tim Cook speaks out in op-ed against state “religious freedom” laws that discriminate  —  Tim Cook: Pro-discrimination ‘religious freedom’ laws are dangerous  —  There's something very dangerous happening in states across the country.  A wave of legislation …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple Watch Edition perks: 24/7 support, private 1-hour appointments, no lines  —  After hiring a new team of fashion sales and marketing experts from Yves St. Laurent, Louis Vuitton, and Burberry, Apple has developed a unique Apple Store purchasing experience just for the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple Stores will have Watch display tables at launch, try-on area with devices that run demo loops, and plan to offer combined Apple Care+ for iPhone and Watch  —  Apple Store revamp for Apple Watch revealed: ‘magical’ display tables, demo loops, sales process
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Watch for Sale in Retail Stores by Reservation Only, No Walk-In Sales  —  As the Apple Watch launch approaches, details have been leaking out about how Apple will be handling sales of their new device.  According to leaked Apple documentation, the company will not be selling the Apple Watch to walk-in customers at launch.
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Amazon launches Home Services to sell everything from an oil change to piano lessons  —  Amazon started out as an online bookstore, but has since expanded into selling almost any physical goods you can think of.  But the company believes a lot of the stuff people buy on Amazon are things …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Jay-Z To Relaunch His New Tidal Music Service Today With Madonna, Kanye, Daft Punk Exclusives In Tow  —  Tidal, the high-definition music streaming service acquired by rapper and music mogul Jay-Z, is gearing up for its official relaunch under new ownership later today, and it will be doing …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Spotify is launching today for Sony's PS4 and PS3  —  A few months ago, Sony brought good news to its music-loving PlayStation users — the company was officially discontinuing its failed Music Unlimited streaming service and was instead partnering with the biggest player in the streaming music space, Spotify.
Eva Dou / Wall Street Journal:
As DDoS attack that started on Thursday continues, Github says it has mitigated some of the impact; Baidu denies involvement  —  U.S. Coding Website GitHub Hit With Cyberattack  —  Security experts say attack is likely an attempt by China to shut down anticensorship tools
Kiran Dhillon / TechCrunch:
How Google, Facebook And Others Pay Their H-1B Employees  —  Editor's note: Kiran Dhillon is a senior editor for FindTheBest, where she tackles big datasets to produce interesting insights.  —  Legislative debate regarding expanding the H-1B visa program is heating up in the U.S. Senate.
More: 9to5Google and 9to5Mac
Rajiv Rao / ZDNet:
Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart shuts down its mobile websites, steering users to install Android or iOS apps  —  Why India's Flipkart abandoned its mobile website  —  Summary:The app has become a far easier and more productive way to conduct business for e-commerce players.
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