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March 9, 2015, 2:40 PM

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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
HBO Now launching exclusively on Apple TV by April 12, will cost $14.99/month  —  HBO on the Web Is Coming in April, Exclusively From Apple  —  Here's a surprise: HBO's streaming service will only be available via Apple when it launches next month.  (An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported …
Edgar Alvarez / Engadget:
Apple TV gets a new price: $69  —  It's been a long three years since Apple refreshed its streaming box, the Apple TV.  And it looks like we're going to keep waiting.  But, that's not to say the company has forgotten about the platform; in fact, since the last hardware update …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
iOS 8.2 with Apple Watch support coming today  —  Apple is releasing iOS 8.2 with support for the Apple Watch today.  The update is a minor one, but it's something that anyone planning on buying an Apple Watch will want to download soon: the watch requires connection with an iPhone …
Jeremy Horwitz / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces all new ultra-thin 12" MacBook with Retina display, single USB-C port, and Force Touch trackpad; ships on April 10 starting at $1299  —  Apple debuts all-new 12″ MacBook with ultra-thin chassis, new Retina screen, Force Touch  —  During its Spring Forward event …
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 …
Roberto Baldwin / The Next Web:
Apple Watch prices for 38mm and 42mm sizes: Sport starts at $349 and $399, Collection at $549 and $599, Edition at $10,000; ships April 24  —  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 …
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Apple:
Apple live stream of “Spring forward” media event, viewable in Safari on OS X and iOS, and Apple TV  —  Apple live stream of its media event, viewable in Safari on OS X and iOS, and Apple TV  —  Spring forward.  The keynote will begin at 10 a.m. PDT.  You can follow the posts below before the show starts.
The Verge:
Live Blog: Apple unveils Watch launch details, new MacBooks  —  Join us at 1PM ET for our Apple ‘Spring Forward’ Watch event live blog  —  Tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock.  We're counting down the minutes until Apple's “Spring Forward” event begins, wherein Tim Cook will reveal there's …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: SugarCRM Buys Mobile Startup Stitch, Shuts It Down  —  SugarCRM, a CRM and open source rival to Salesforce, has made an acquisition to help the company raise its game on the mobile front.  It has acquired and is shutting down Stitch, a startup co-founded by ex-Salesforce execs …
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.
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