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March 8, 2015, 7:35 PM

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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  —  Apple Watch Prelude  —  I realize there's little purpose to further Apple Watch speculation at this point — in two days, we'll know most of the answers.
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 …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
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.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
How one man had most of his online life compromised and $3000 taken after his email was hacked  —  Anatomy of a Hack … In the early morning hours of October 21st, 2014, Partap Davis lost $3,000.  He had gone to sleep just after 2AM in his Albuquerque, New Mexico, home after a late night playing World of Tanks.
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.
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 …
Gordon Mah Ung / PC World:
Robert Kolker / Bloomberg Business:
Behind Machine Zone's Game of War, the mobile game earning over $1M per day from in-app purchases  —  One Nerd to Rule Them All (With Lots of Kate Upton)  —  One app to find them, and a million dollars of in-app purchases every day to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
Tweets: @chrisbrogan
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Hands-on with Canonical's Ubuntu mobile OS on new phones by BQ and Meizu  —  A Closer Look At Canonical's Ubuntu Phones  —  Canonical has finally got skin in the mobile game, putting its first Ubuntu phone on sale in Europe last month.  —  It's been showing off that mid-tier device …
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Behind the rise of bug bounties and startups like HackerOne that help provide them  —  A new breed of startups is helping hackers make millions — legally  —  Shashank Kumar was in seventh grade when he was introduced to computer hacking.  At first he had fun breaking in and defacing web sites …
Tweets: @benpopper and @benpopper
Steven Levy / Backchannel:
Behind Yahoo's critical Alibaba investment and Marissa Mayer's plan to spin it into a separate company  —  Yahoo and Alibaba: Joined at the Balance Sheet  —  You head an Internet company.  It has a billion users.  Your social product alone has over 400 million users and is actually kind of hip.
Tweets: @stevenlevy

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