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March 10, 2015, 6:10 AM

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John Paczkowski / BuzzFeed:
The Apple Watch Isn't A Watch, It's An iPhone Sales Engine  —  The biggest news about Apple's Watch today may be how many iPhones it's going to sell.  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook talks about the new Apple Watch during an Apple event on Monday, March 9, 2015, in San Francisco.  (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Apple:
Apple Watch launches in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US April 24, pre-orders begin April 10  —  Apple Watch Available in Nine Countries on April 24  —  Apple® today announced that Apple Watch™, its most personal device yet …
Roberto Baldwin / The Next Web:
Apple Watch prices for 38mm and 42mm sizes: Sport starts at $349 and $399, stainless steel Watch at $549 and $599, and Edition at $10,000  —  Apple Watch available on April 24 starting at $349 with 18 hour battery life  —  After introducing the Apple Watch at the iPhone event in September …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Apple Watch hands-on: looks and feels great but complicated to use and not immediately intuitive  —  Hands-on with a (working) Apple Watch  —  After months of anticipation, we've finally gotten to play with a working Apple Watch.  The hardware is virtually the same as we saw back in September …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
The Intercept:
New Snowden leaks show a multi-year CIA effort to break the security of Apple's iPhone and iPads  —  The CIA Campaign to Steal Apple's Secrets  —  RESEARCHERS WORKING with the Central Intelligence Agency have conducted a multi-year, sustained effort to break the security of Apple's iPhones and iPads …
Om Malik:
Om Malik confirms Gigaom, the pioneering tech news site he founded, is shutting down  —  A statement about Gigaom  —  Gigaom is winding down and its assets are now controlled by the company's lenders.  It is not how you want the story of a company you founded to end.
Gigaom:
Gigaom, unable to pay creditors in full, ceases all operations, does not currently intend to file for bankruptcy  —  About Gigaom  —  Gigaom recently became unable to pay its creditors in full at this time.  As a result, the company is working with its creditors that have rights to all of the company's assets as their collateral.
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Apple releases iOS 8.2 today with Apple Watch support and plenty of bug fixes  —  The Health App gets particular attention, but lots of other bugs make the list.  —  SAN FRANCISCO—iOS 8.2 has been in development for several months now, and today Apple is formally releasing the update to the public.
Jeremy Horwitz / 9to5Mac:
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
TechCrunch:
Ellen Pao testifies in gender discrimination case, talks about her affair with Ajit Nazre, his retaliation, HR policies, a missed Twitter opportunity, more  —  Ellen Pao “Owns The Room”  —  Kleiner Perkins' legendary venture investor John Doerr testified last week that Ellen Pao needed to …
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Facebook to shut down FriendFeed on April 9, five years after acquiring the service  —  Facebook Officially Shuts the Door on FriendFeed  —  RIP, FriendFeed.  —  Facebook is shutting down the News Feed-like social network it acquired back in 2009, according to a blog post.
Glenn Peoples / Billboard:
Sources: Apple backs down in effort to offer $7.99/month rate for its upcoming subscription music service as labels reject pricing below $9.99/month  —  Fight Between Apple and Spotify Could Change Digital Music; Labels Said to Reject Pricing Below $9.99  —  A renewed focus on the value …
Andrew Chung / Reuters:
Former Google exec Lee confirmed to lead U.S. patent office  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed former Google Inc executive Michelle Lee to head the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, a position that has been vacant for more than two years.  —  President Barack Obama's choice …
More: Engadget, 9to5Google and SlashGearTweets: @digiphile
Owen Williams / The Next Web:
Apple announces ResearchKit to help medical researchers collect data  —  At Apple's March event today, the company announced ResearchKit, a software framework that allows medical researchers to get data directly from iPhone users.  —  The company said that users can sign up to participate …

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