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March 9, 2015, 10:40 AM

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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apple Watch event predictions: 42mm costlier than 38mm, steel models $749+, Edition models $7.5K+, no upgradability, Photos demoed, 12" MacBook Air revealed  —  One Last Spitball on Stainless Steel Apple Watch Pricing  —  Here are my “final guesses” from last night (for 38/42mm models):
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Eddy Cue explains how Apple Watch uses your iPhone to authenticate Apple Pay payments  —  Eddy Cue: Here's how Apple Pay works on an Apple Watch  —  The exec in charge of Apple Pay tells CNET at a Golden State Warriors game that the mobile payments service will work on the company's …
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
With Emoji a product of Japanese origins, America needs new Emoji symbols that reflect its own culture  —  Dispatch: America Needs Its Own Emojis  —  America Needs Its Own Emojis  —  There's so much we can't express because the symbols don't exist: no Vulcan salute, no pickup truck, no bacon.
Brian Anderson / Motherboard:
Mexican drug gangs are believed to be abducting IT specialists to build communication networks  —  The Drug Cartels' IT Guy  —  The most recent photo of Felipe García, an architect, taken just weeks before he disappeared in Northeastern Mexico in March 2013.  He was wearing this shirt the day he vanished.
Chris Plante / The Verge:
Epic Games' Tim Sweeney on how Unreal Engine 4 may soon power film and architecture  —  Why video game engines may power the future of film and architecture  —  The original developer of Gears of War has an ambitious plan for the future of everything.  —  Epic Games, the company best …
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Review: good build quality and near-stock load of Android 5.0.2 make the Moto E the best phone you can get for $150  —  Review: The new Moto E is the most phone you can get for $150  —  The first Moto E cut too many corners, but this one can hold its own.  —  The new Moto E with LTE.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Hands-on with the final version of Valve's Steam controller that will ship in November  —  Valve's virtual reality headset is great, but its controllers are the real story  —  Valve has a lot of trust to regain when it comes to hardware.  The Steam Machine concept — a fusion of consoles and gaming PCs …
Ryan Mac / Forbes:
Inside the life of Minecraft creator Markus Persson after the $2.5B sale to Microsoft  —  Inside The Post-Minecraft Billionaire Life Of Gamer God Markus Persson  —  It's 7 p.m. on a Monday in Stockholm, and Markus Persson sits on the terrace of his ninth-story office, sipping the speedball of alcoholic beverages, a vodka Red Bull.

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