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March 10, 2015, 1:40 PM

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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Apple can replace the Apple Watch battery; lifecycle of the battery is around three years  —  The Apple Watch Battery Is Replaceable  —  The Apple Watch got its grand unveiling yesterday.  You can read our round-up of details from Apple's event here.  But as tech watchers chewed …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple Watch includes 8 GB of storage, allows 2 GB of music and 75 MB of photos  —  In our report last week, we reported that internal models of the Apple Watch included 8 GB of storage.  We have now confirmed with the company that the shipping units do indeed ship with an 8 GB storage capacity.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
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 …
Wikimedia blog:
Wikimedia v. NSA: Wikimedia Foundation files suit against NSA to challenge upstream mass surveillance  —  Justice presides with her scale and sword at Frankfurt am Main.  —  Photo by Roland Meinecke, licensed under CC-BY-NC-ND-3.0.  —  Today, the Wikimedia Foundation is filing suit …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Android Wear will get Wi-Fi support, gesture control in next software release  —  Faster, easier access to apps and contacts is also on the way  —  Google isn't standing still with its wearable platform now that Apple has given the press a chance to use the Apple Watch.
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.
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.
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 …
Patrick Howell O'Neill / The Daily Dot:
U.K. Parliament says banning Tor is unacceptable and impossible … Tor “plays only a minor role in the online viewing and distribution of indecent images of children,” according to the briefing, quoting Britain's Parliament by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP) of the U.K. National Crime Agency.
More: BBC, Slashdot and GeekTime
Andy / TorrentFreak:
Sky Will Hand Over Customer Data in Movie Piracy Case  —  Any regular reader of these pages will be familiar with the term “copyright troll”.  These companies have made a business model out of monitoring file-sharing networks for alleged copyright infringements, tracking down alleged offenders …
Steven Levy / Backchannel:
Interview with Dan Pfeiffer, the outgoing senior communications advisor to the President, on social media strategy  —  The Man Who Made Obama Viral  —  White House Communications Czar Dan Pfeiffer reveals the strategy—and looks to the future of POTUS PR in the social media era
Toby Wolpe / ZDNet:
Datacenter startup SimpliVity seals $175m at a $1B+ valuation for engineering and sales boost  —  Datacenter startup SimpliVity seals $175m for engineering and sales boost  —  Summary:A new funding round for the converged infrastructure software and appliance company is to be pumped into a rapid expansion in 2015.

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