November 3, 2014, 11:25 AM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Source: internal Apple message narrows Apple Watch launch date to “spring” 2015; customers will be able to try on different models in stores  —  Apple Retail SVP Angela Ahrendts: Apple Watch launching in “Spring,” after Chinese New Year  —  The Apple Watch's launch is scheduled …
Liam Spradlin / Android Police:
Gmail 5.0 With Exchange Support And Material Design Has Landed  —  The day is finally upon us - the Gmail 5.0 APK has landed, and we have it for your (production-signed) downloading pleasure.  —  As we've expected since we first saw the app more than a week ago, the new Gmail is very... “material.”
Bertel King, Jr / Android Police:
Nexus 9 And Nexus Player Now Available For Purchase From Google Play, Nexus 9 From Best Buy  —  You could have pre-ordered a Nexus 9 or a Nexus Player two weeks ago, and I have no doubt that many of you did.  But for everyone taking the wait-and-see approach, the two devices are both now available for purchase from the Play Store.
Kevin Roose / New York Magazine:
Why podcasts are back: shows are better and cheaper, playing smartphone audio in a car is easy  —  What's Behind the Great Podcast Renaissance?  —  The mid-aughts audio scene is making a big comeback.  —  Shares  —  In 2001, Steve Jobs announced the original iPod …
Nicole Lee / Engadget:
Dabbling in the future of payment: A week of Apple Pay and Google Wallet  —  On Monday last week, Apple finally launched Apple Pay, the company's mobile-payment system that only works with the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and the latest iPads.  (Though you can't use iPads for in-store payments.)
Jon Southurst / CoinDesk:
Circle launches mobile bitcoin wallet apps for iOS and Android, can send and request payments  —  Circle Launches Mobile Apps for iOS and Android  —  Bitcoin-based consumer finance company Circle has released native apps for both iOS and Android platforms, aiming to bring as many features …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Samsung acquires SSD caching company Proximal Data  —  Above: Samsung's Unpacked announcement for the Galaxy Note 4  —  Samsung today announced it has acquired caching company Proximal Data.  Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.  —  Based in San Diego, California …

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