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April 8, 2015, 6:15 AM

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CNN:
Russian hackers accessed sensitive White House information, including real-time details of president's schedule, via compromised State Department system  —  How the U.S. thinks Russians hacked the White House  —  Washington (CNN)Russian hackers behind the damaging cyber intrusion …
Abhijeet M. / SamMobile:
Samsung's round smartwatch to be called Gear A, come in two variants, one with Bluetooth, one with 3G and calling support  —  Exclusive: Samsung's round smartwatch to be called Gear A, have 3G and calling support  —  A perfect smartwatch?  There's no such thing, but Samsung …
Chris Thompson / Poynter:
Fortune Magazine to announce hiring of six former Gigaom reporters, a third of editorial staff  —  Fortune Magazine to hire roughly one-third of GigaOm's editorial staff  —  Fortune Magazine will announce Wednesday morning that it has hired six reporters from GigaOm, according to multiple sources close to the matter.
Napier Lopez / The Next Web:
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed:
Sources: Google plans to announce a product connecting its search users with home-service providers this spring  —  Google Wants To Send You A Plumber  —  The company is readying a new product intended to connect search users with local home-service providers.
Brad Heath / USA Today:
US Justice Department and Drug Enforcement Administration secretly tracked billions of international calls for nearly a decade before 9/11  —  U.S. secretly tracked billions of calls for decades  —  Starting in 1992, the Justice Department amassed logs of virtually all telephone calls …
John Callaham / Windows Central:
Kabam abandons Windows Phone development after releasing just one game  —  Windows Central has learned that Kabam, one of the biggest mobile game developers, has decided to stop making titles from the Windows Phone platform.  This decision represents a complete reversal of Kabam's original plans …
Gaurav Raghuvanshi / Wall Street Journal:
SingTel To Buy U.S. Cybersecurity Firm Trustwave for $810 Million  —  SingTel is buying 98% of the equity of Trustwave, with the balance remaining with CEO Robert J. McCullen  —  SINGAPORE—Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. Wednesday said it would buy Trustwave, a U.S. managed-security services specialist …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Instagram Adds Post Notifications For Specific Accounts, Color And Fade Tools  —  Instagram has a couple of new photo editing tools available in its mobile applications, out today on Android and coming soon to iOS: Color and Fade.  Color lets you adjust the tone of both the highlights …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Google and Microsoft case could determine what constitutes a “reasonable royalty” when patents are used as part of a standard  —  Google Will Battle Microsoft (Again) Over the Value of Patents in Tech Standards  —  Google and Microsoft will face off in a San Francisco appeals court Wednesday …
Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
Angela Ahrendts tells employees to encourage customers to order Watch and new MacBook through Apple Store app and online store as part of “change in mindset”  —  Angela Ahrendts has told Apple employees ‘a significant change in mindset’ is coming to the way the company launches products
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google Moderator, a service that ranked user-submitted questions, suggestions, and ideas, is closing on July 31  —  Google Moderator is shutting down on July 31, 2015  —  Google has quietly announced Google Moderator will be shut down on July 31, 2015.  Users can download their Google Moderator data …
Don Reisinger / CNET:
iFixit teardown shows Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is difficult to repair, gives it 3 out of 10 for repairability  —  Teardown shows Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is tough to repair  —  The smartphone, which has a curved screen at the edge, received a score of three out of 10 for repairability from iFixit.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Rocket Internet Fashion Group GFG Raises $35M, Poaches Amazon Exec To Lead It  —  Rocket Internet — the Berlin-based startup incubator that went public in October 2014 — is today adding more muscle to the Global Fashion Group, a cluster of five of its emerging market fashion sites …
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Selena Larson / The Daily Dot:
Anonymous messaging app After School back in App Store with moderation to combat bullying  —  After School attempts a comeback with bans on bullying  —  Wherever there's an anonymous app, there are teens using it to bully each other.  —  After School, one of the newest applications …

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