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March 19, 2015, 3:10 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.
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.
CBS News:
Target agrees to $10M settlement in class-action suit for 2013 data breach, up to $10K/person  —  Target agrees to pay $10 million to data breach victims  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Target has agreed to pay $10 million under a proposed settlement in a class-action lawsuit stemming from a massive 2013 data breach …
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 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 …
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.
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.
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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