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April 8, 2015, 10:45 AM

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Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Apple Watch has a steep learning curve, but can be a life-changer after apps are streamlined and initial bugs are fixed  —  Apple Watch Bliss, but Only After a Steep Learning Curve  —  It took three days — three long, often confusing and frustrating days — for me to fall for the Apple Watch.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Apple watch is the nicest smart watch, but has performance issues with apps and locations services, is more expensive than rivals  —  Apple Watch: the definitive review  —  The Apple Watch is an extraordinarily small and personal device.  It is designed to participate in nearly every moment of your day …
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 …
Fortune:
Fortune hires six former Gigaom reporters to double down on its technology coverage  —  Fortune bulks up on technology coverage, hires six Gigaom veterans  —  Fortune's Editor Alan Murray sent out the following message to staff Wednesday.  —  To the staff:
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 …
Eva Dou / Wall Street Journal:
Xiaomi throws parties for fans every few weeks across China, making customers feel part of an exclusive club  —  Xiaomi: The Secret to the World's Most Valuable Startup  —  Xiaomi reaches out to customers through parties and social media  —  HANGZHOU, China—Zhao Ruiping assembles mechanical valves …
Richard Lai / Engadget:
HTC One M9+ launches in China: 5.2" Quad HD screen, fingerprint sensor, MediaTek SoC  —  HTC's bigger and better One M9+ launches in China  —  HTC clearly gets China's obsession with large-screen phones.  Following the plastic 5.5-inch One E9+, the company is back with the metallic M9+ which …
Brad Heath / USA Today:
US Justice Department and Drug Enforcement Administration secretly tracked billions of international calls from US 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 …
Napier Lopez / The Next Web:
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 …
Chris Crum / WebProNews:
Twitter confirms it's experimenting with a new search interface with more filtering options  —  Twitter Confirms It's Messing With Its Search Experience  —  While covering Google's closure of Google Moderator earlier, I searched Twitter on the desktop to see what people were saying about it …
Thanks:@ccrum237
Matt Weinberger / Business Insider:
The rise and fall of OpenStack startups as venture capital investments in the space dries up  —  Investors were once tripping over themselves to get into a hot technology called OpenStack.  What happened?  —  Once upon a time, venture capitalists were tripping over themselves to invest …
More: Forbes
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 …
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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