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March 12, 2015, 9:55 AM

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Re/code:
Apple Stops Selling Jawbone Up, Nike FuelBand in Stores — Making Way for the Apple Watch  —  Apple has removed competing fitness bands from its retail stores as the company prepares to ship its own wearable, the Apple Watch.  —  Checks of major stores in San Francisco, Palo Alto …
Kevin Rose / TechCrunch:
Apple Watch Edition won't appeal to the technologist, the collector, or the gold lover, only the douchebag  —  The Gold Apple Watch Is Perfect For Douchebags  —  Editor's Note: Kevin Rose is the founder of Digg, a technology investor, and CEO of North Technologies, creator of the watch news aggregator, Watchville.
Ben Thompson / stratechery:
With its design prowess, retail stores, and customer base, Apple is best positioned to make the wearable market  —  How Apple Will Make the Wearable Market  —  Last fall, Apple CEO Tim Cook described the Apple Watch as the “next chapter” in Apple's history, placing it at the same level as the Mac, iPhone and iPod.
More: WatchAware
Serena Saitto / Bloomberg Business:
Sources: Alibaba to invest $200M in Snapchat at a valuation of $15B  —  Snapchat Is Raising Money From Alibaba at a $15 Billion Valuation  —  (Bloomberg) — Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. plans to invest in Snapchat Inc., the mobile application for sending disappearing photos …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Lyft Has Raised $530 Million In Series E Funding Led By Rakuten, Is Now Valued At $2.5 Billion  —  Ride-hailing startup Lyft has closed $530 million in new funding led by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, TechCrunch has learned.  The new financing, which is slated to be announced tomorrow …
Bloomberg Business:
In under 24 hours, 11K people signed up for Stanford's cardiovascular study using ResearchKit  —  Thousands Have Already Signed Up for Apple's ResearchKit  —  (Bloomberg) — Stanford University researchers were stunned when they awoke Tuesday to find that 11,000 people had signed …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Google's Project Loon balloons can cover an area the size of Rhode Island with LTE; remote locations still the primary targets for commercial service  —  Google balloons, “cell towers in the sky,” can serve 4G to a whole state  —  A single Project Loon balloon can cover an area the size of Rhode Island.
More: Ubergizmo
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Twitter updates privacy policy, prohibits uploading intimate photos and video taken without subject's consent  —  Twitter Takes Steps To Combat Stolen Nudes And Revenge Porn  —  The company issued new rules that prohibit uploading nonconsensual nudes and says it will lock the accounts of users who have posted them.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google launches new Chromebook Pixel at a lower price with two USB Type-C ports, $999 for Core i5, $1,299 for Core i7, now for sale on Google Store  —  Meet Google's New Chromebook Pixel  —  Google's Chromebook Pixel has always been an aspirational machine meant to show off Chrome OS at its best.
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Kleiner Perkins Portrays Ellen Pao as Combative and Resentful in Sex Bias Trial  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The esteemed venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, its star partner, John Doerr, once said, “is a family, with occasional disputes.”  —  Maybe, if by “family” …
Jane Wakefield / BBC:
BBC to give 1M mini-computers to 11-year-olds across UK as part of Make it Digital initiative  —  BBC gives children mini-computers in Make it Digital scheme  —  The hardware is a nod to an earlier scheme to put BBC Micros in schools during the 1980s  —  The BBC will be giving away mini-computers …
Bogdan Petrovan / Android Authority:
Cyanogen OS 12 will ship with Boxer as default email app  —  Boxer will be the default email app for Cyanogen OS devices, starting with the Lollipop-based release 12, due in the following months.  —  Through its boisterous CEO, Kirt McMaster, Cyanogen has made no secret of its plans to “take away Android from Google.”
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Wall Street Journal:
Guardian corrects, clarifies articles on Whisper app privacy, takes down commentary post  —  Guardian Backpedals on Whisper App Privacy Violations  —  The Guardian on Tuesday clarified and corrected a series of controversial articles it published late last year about Whisper, a mobile app designed to transmit messages anonymously.

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