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March 19, 2015, 5:35 PM

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Bloomberg Business:
Google, Intel and TAG Heuer Partner on Luxury Smartwatch  —  Watch industry, consider yourself warned  —  Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer is creating a smartwatch in partnership with American technology firm Google.  The watch is an attempt to compete with devices by consumer-electronics makers, particularly the much-hyped watch by Apple.
Wall Street Journal:
FTC report from 2012 reveals key staff recommended filing lawsuit against Google for anticompetitive tactics  —  FTC Staff Sought Antitrust Suit Against Google  —  Key FTC staff wanted to sue Internet giant after finding ‘real harm to consumers and to innovation’
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Magic Leap demos its augmented reality tech in YouTube video showing in-office gameplay experience  —  Watch Magic Leap's Video Of Seamless Augmented Reality Office Game Play  —  Magic Leap is showing what it might look like to use its hardware for augmented reality gaming in the future …
Alyssa Bereznak / Yahoo Tech:
Facebook Engineering Director David Recordon joins White House as Director of Information Technology, a newly created position  —  Exclusive: Facebook's Engineering Director Is Headed to the White House  —  The White House just added another Silicon Valley veteran to its growing roster of tech experts.
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 …
Matt Peckham / TIME:
Nintendo CEO talks about plans for smartphone games, says most will be developed in-house  —  Exclusive: Nintendo CEO Reveals Plans for Smartphones  —  It's official: Mario, Donkey Kong and Zelda will appear on smartphones and tablets at last—and that's just the start.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
RIAA finds streaming services made $1.87B in 2014, eclipsing US CD sales for the first time  —  Sales of Streaming Music Top CDs in Flat Year for Industry  —  The American market for recorded music was flat in 2014, but income from streaming services like Spotify and Pandora has quickly grown …
Kashmir Hill / Fusion:
Latest version of Apple's HealthKit still does not track menstrual cycles, despite criticism for not considering women's health  —  Apple has a lady problem: the new version of HealthKit still doesn't track periods  —  Last night, Apple pushed out iOS 8.2, an update to the iPhone operating system.
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Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Rakuten Buys Ebook And Audiobook Platform OverDrive For $410M  —  Rakuten is beefing up its digital content chops after it announced the acquisition of ebook and audiobook marketplace OverDrive for $410 million.  —  The Japanese e-commerce giant got into the e-reader game when it picked up hardware maker Kobo for $315 million in 2011.
Wall Street Journal:
HBO, Showtime, and Sony Corp. have talked to ISPs about treating streaming TV as “managed” services in separate lanes, avoiding congestion and data caps  —  Streaming TV Services Seek to Sidestep Web Congestion  —  HBO, Sony and Showtime ask for separate lanes, opening question on net neutrality
Geoffrey Smith / Fortune:
Alibaba's Jack Ma demos Smile to Pay app that validates mobile payments using facial recognition  —  Alibaba's Jack Ma shows off new ‘pay with a selfie’ technology  —  New facial recognition software is intended to buttress the fast-growing mobile-payments business.
Ben Woods / The Next Web:
Deezer's high-quality ‘Elite’ streaming service is now available worldwide - but still only on Sonos  —  Deezer's ‘Elite’ high-quality music streaming service is now available to users around the world following a brief US-only stint at the end of 2014.  —  First launched in September …

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