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April 9, 2015, 10:40 AM

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Apple:
Apple Watch in-store preview and online only pre-order begin Friday  —  Apple Watch In-Store Preview & Online Pre-Order Begin Friday  —  Available for Purchase Online April 24  —  Apple Watch™, Apple's most personal device yet, will be available for preview and pre-order on Friday, April 10.
LinkedIn Newsroom:
LinkedIn to acquire online learning firm Lynda.com in a deal valued at $1.5B  —  LinkedIn to Acquire lynda.com  —  lynda.com's high-quality content provides opportunity for members to easily gain the professional skills they need to get hired and advance their careers.  —  LinkedIn Corporate Communications Team
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Sources: YouTube's ad-free subscription service coming in the next few months for around $10/month, will offer offline viewing, creators required to join  —  YouTube's paid subscription offering takes shape — and it's almost here  —  YouTube's forthcoming paid subscription offering …
Ronald Grover / TheStreet.com:
Sources: Disney pressures Apple to carry more of its channels on rumored TV streaming service, Apple wants fewer channels to keep cost of service down  —  Disney Presses Apple to Carry More Channels on Internet TV Service  —  NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Apple (AAPL - Get Report) and Walt Disney …
New York Times:
Zynga founder and chairman Mark Pincus returns as CEO, replacing Don Mattrick  —  Mark Pincus, Zynga's Founder, Returns as C.E.O.  —  When Mark Pincus hired a new executive to run Zynga, the online games company he founded, he tweeted a message calling the executive, Don Mattrick, an “Internet treasure.”
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Intel shows its latest RealSense depth-sensing camera, small enough for a 6-inch smartphone  —  Intel's made a tinier, longer-range depth camera for phones  —  Intel's been a huge backer of gesture control plus 3D scanning, and so far it's managed to integrate its RealSense technology into select desktops …
More: BBC and WMPoweruser
Bloomberg Business:
Kik Interactive Said to Explore Sale or Corporate Investment  —  Kik Interactive Inc., which makes a messaging application popular with young teens, is exploring a sale, people with knowledge of the matter said.  —  The company hired Qatalyst Partners to set up conversations with potential acquirers …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon files first-ever suit over fake product reviews, alleges Calif. man sold fraudulent praise … Amazon has filed suit against the alleged operator of several sites that offer Amazon sellers the ability to purchase fake 4- and 5-star customer reviews of their products.
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Facebook launches a standalone website for Messenger at Messenger.com for users who want a dedicated desktop messaging experience  —  Facebook Launches Messenger for Web Browsers  —  Facebook is bringing Messenger, its standalone messaging tool, to the Web.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iOS 8.3 expands iPhone WiFi Calls to Sprint in the U.S., EE in the U.K.  —  In addition to adding a slew of more diverse Emojis and several bug fixes, iOS 8.3 has expanded the iPhone's WiFi calling feature to a pair of new carriers: Sprint in the United States and EE in the United Kingdom.
More: The Verge
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss / Reuters:
Bitcoin exchange Coinsetter acquires Cavirtex, the Canadian trading platform that recently shut down due to security breach  —  Bitcoin exchange Coinsetter acquires Canadian platform  —  (Reuters) - Coinsetter, a New York-based bitcoin exchange that targets institutional and professional traders …
More: NEWSBTC and Fortune

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