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March 19, 2015, 9:15 AM

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Astrid Wendlandt / Reuters:
Tag Heuer to announce Intel-powered smartwatch with a design identical to its sporty Carrera analog watch, coming next fall  —  LVMH's Tag Heuer surfs wave of smartwatch partnerships  —  (Reuters) - Tag Heuer plans to unveil a smartwatch on Thursday among a wave of partnerships expected …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple Store retail plan for Watch: 15-minute appointments, at least 10 try-on stations, some employees dedicated to assisting Edition buyers  —  Apple Store retail plan for Watch: 15 min. appointments, 10+ try-on stations, Experts for Edition  —  Apple will introduce several major initiatives …
Rich Lander / MSDN Blogs:
MSBuild Engine is now Open Source on GitHub  —  Today we are pleased to announce that MSBuild is now available on GitHub and we are contributing it to the .NET Foundation!  The Microsoft Build Engine (MSBuild) is a platform for building applications.  By invoking msbuild.exe on your project …
Several People Are Typing:
Slack launches app for Windows 7 and above  —  Press the Start Button: Slack for Windows Has Arrived  —  Every week, hundreds of thousands of people all around the world sign into Slack from a web browser on Windows.  Each of them is (we imagine) yearning for something more.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Opera Buys SurfEasy To Add Secure VPN Services To Its Browser Software  —  Opera, makers of a suite of software for browsing the web on mobile and desktop devices used by some 350 million consumers, has made another acquisition to build out the services it offers to users.
Adrian Wan / South China Morning Post:
Yahoo to close Beijing research center, its only office in China, and to lay off 350+ employees  —  Yahoo to close Beijing research centre as company seeks to downsize  —  US internet giant Yahoo will close its research and development centre in Beijing as the firm seeks to consolidate some jobs into fewer offices....
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
After Six Months of Rejections, Launcher Returns to the App Store  —  When Greg Gardner, an independent developer based in San Francisco, released Launcher for iOS last year, he didn't think his handy utility would make headlines around tech blogs and push other developers to approach widgets for iOS 8 differently.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Amazon Will Shut Down Amazon Webstore, Its Competitor to Shopify and Bigcommerce  —  Amazon has started telling online merchants that it plans to shut down its Amazon Webstore business, which helps small and midsize retailers create and run their own online shop, according to sources.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
French Government Starts Blocking Websites With Views The Gov't Doesn't Like  —  We had been noting, in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in France, how the country that then held a giant “free speech” rally appeared to be, instead, focusing on cracking down on free speech at every opportunity.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Indian Music And Movie Streaming Firm Hungama Is Raising $100 Million  —  The promise of mobile in India is attracting venture capital at a rate never seen before.  The latest deal of note involves Hungama, a media company that provides music, videos and movies on mobile, desktop and beyond …

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