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April 13, 2015, 8:50 AM

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Dan Frommer / Quartz:
Over 1M US Apple Watch preorders, with two-thirds for Sport line, and black bands most popular, according to shopping data firm Slice Intelligence  —  Apple Watch pre-orders were 1 million in the US on its first day, a shopping data firm estimates  —  (Ryan Emberley/Invision for Apple/AP Images)
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Word of mouth after a few months of general availability, not reviews based on early impressions, will decide the success of Apple Watch  —  An Apple Watch Meta-Review Reimagined  —  Product reviews of the Apple Watch launch are reaching new summits — and depths.
Nick Statt / CNET:
Growth of hardware accelerators and consultants in last two years making hardware startups easier  —  For hardware startups, it's getting less hard  —  The secrets to making and selling consumer electronics are spilling — on purpose — and it's helping hardware startups succeed.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
After Tidal launch, Spotify adds “Tweet the Beat”, new feature showing ads to some premium users, encouraging them to tweet about artist's music  —  Spotify wants you to spam Twitter with its new ads  —  Spotify is rolling out a new feature designed to get users to spam Twitter.
Jack Shepherd / Journalism.co.uk:
University of Florida and Yik Yak team up for geolocated student news feeds  —  University of Florida explores geolocation news feeds  —  The university has teamed up with social media app Yik Yak to bring its students the latest local news  —  Credit: Screenshot from UFJSchool on YouTube.
Robin Wauters / Tech.eu:
Tech.eu M&A report - Q1 2015: the number of tech exits in Europe has increased by 160% year-over-year  —  In the first quarter of 2015, Tech.eu tracked a total of 140 exits (acquisitions, IPOs and/or mergers), a rather whopping 61% rise in the total number of deals compared to Q4 2014.

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