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April 9, 2015, 9:00 AM

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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 …
Ryan Roslansky / Official LinkedIn Blog:
Welcome to the LinkedIn Family, lynda.com!  —  Many people don't know that I started my first company when I was a freshman in college.  I didn't know the first thing about designing a website and relied on a Lynda Weinman web graphics book to get my site up and running.
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.”
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.
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.
More: VentureBeat, MacRumors and 9to5MacTweets: @viticci
Gabor Cselle / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter retires Discover and Activity features for iOS and Android users, moves Trends tool to search page  —  Updating trends on mobile  —  Trends are a great way to find out what people are talking about on Twitter at a given moment and at a single glance.
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.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Intel demos 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 …
More: BetaKit, Forbes, Medium and TechCrunchTweets: @sarahfrier
Joanna Stern / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Watch review: stylish and a great fitness tracker, but first-gen hardware and frustrating software make it difficult to recommend  —  What the Apple Watch Does Best: Make You Look Good  —  Apple isn't just selling some wrist-worn computer, it's selling good looks and coolness, too
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft to add virtualized containers, Nano Server mode to Windows Server 2016  —  Summary:Microsoft confirms it will have a Nano Server mode in Windows Server 2016, along with new Hyper-V containerization technology.  —  Although the second test build of Windows Server 2016 isn't coming until May …

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