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March 26, 2015, 11:35 AM

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter launches Periscope: replays are its killer feature, push notifications are noisy  —  Periscope, Twitter's answer to Meerkat-style live streaming, is now available  —  Live-streaming apps are the thirstiest of all media.  A Facebook post wants a like, a tweet begs for favs, and a snap means little without a response.
Mat Honan / BuzzFeed:
Meet Periscope, Twitter's New Live Video App  —  The interactive video app is gorgeous and fast.  But is it enough to beat Meerkat's head start?  —  BuzzFeed News San Francisco Bureau Chief  —  There's a whistle and a vibration in my pocket and I pull out my phone and its John Hodgman.
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Profile: since replacing the legendary Jobs, Tim Cook has led Apple to even greater financial success and changed the culture of the company  —  Apple's Tim Cook leads different  —  Tim Cook assumed he was ready for the harsh glare that shines on Apple's AAPL CEO.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Galaxy S6 release date is April 10th, and US pre-orders start tomorrow  —  Samsung today announced that the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be available on US carriers starting April 10th, the same time as they are scheduled to be available for sale across the world.
Joshua Ho / AnandTech:
Samsung Galaxy S 6 and S 6 Edge: Preview  —  Yesterday we received our Galaxy S6 and S6 edge review units.  We're still working on the final review but I wanted to share some early results from both devices.  For those that are unfamiliar with these two phones, the Galaxy S6 range represents the result of Samsung's “Project Zero”.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Amazon Cloud Drive goes unlimited: $11.99/year for photos and $59.99/year for everything  —  Amazon has announced two unlimited storage plans for its cloud-based storage service, Amazon Cloud Drive, which sees a massive price reduction for its giant hard-drive in the sky.  —  The plans focus on two specific scenarios.
Lexy Franklin / Facebook Developers:
Richard Lai / Engadget:
HTC One M9 to go on sale for $649 unlocked tonight  —  Never mind that M9+ thing in China.  Back in the US, it's all about the M9 for local HTC fans, as the device is about to hit the official online store at midnight ET for $649 unlocked (it'll have the same bands as the AT&T model).
Bloomberg Business:
Apple to expand iPhone trade-in program to China as soon as March 31 in partnership with Foxconn  —  Apple Plans China IPhone Trade-In Program With Foxconn  —  (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. plans to introduce a trade-in program for iPhones in China, people familiar with the effort said, after a similar program bolstered sales in the U.S.
Zac Bowden / WinBeta:
Microsoft working on successor to Surface 2 tablet running full Windows instead of Windows RT, and Intel Atom or Core M processor  —  EXCLUSIVE: Microsoft is building a successor to the Surface 2 (RT), here are the first details  —  The Surface 2 is currently Microsoft's latest iteration of its Windows RT based tablet line-up.
Michael Zelenko / The Verge:
Tinder hack fools men interested in female bait profile into unwittingly flirting with each other  —  A brilliant Tinder hack made hundreds of bros unwittingly flirt with each other  —  Man is a thirsty beast, and nowhere is that thirst more acutely exemplified than on Tinder …
New York Times:
Apple unable to persuade record labels to lower licensing costs for Beats streaming music service; will be priced similarly to rivals at around $10  —  Apple and Beats Developing Streaming Music Service to Rival Spotify  —  In what would be the biggest change to its music strategy in years …
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Meerkat's Series B investors includes an array of Hollywood names along with lead Greylock  —  Meerkat Confirms It Raised A Round Led By Greylock, Josh Elman Joins Meerkat's Board  —  Late last week, our own Jordan Crook reported that Meerkat, the trendy, Twitter-centric livestreaming app …
Glyn Moody / Ars Technica:
EU: Don't use Facebook if you want to keep the NSA away from your data  —  Court case could make it harder for US companies to take personal data out of EU.  —  In a key case before the European Union's highest court, the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Commission admitted yesterday …
More: EUobserver, BGR and IAPPTweets: @glynmoody
Reuters:
SoftBank leads group in talks to buy up to $1 billion stake in India's Micromax: sources  —  (Reuters) - A group of investors led by Japanese mobile telecom firm SoftBank Corp is in talks to buy a 20 percent stake in Indian handset maker Micromax Informatics for up to $1 billion, two people aware of the discussions said.
More: Trak.inTweets: @sub8u
Brody Mullins / Wall Street Journal:
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple Watch launch retail stock to be limited for many models, reservations favored  —  If you want to buy the Apple Watch model of your choice at an Apple Store at launch, you should consider pre-ordering online or through an Apple Store reservation, sources have told 9to5Mac.
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Zynga must face lawsuit alleging fraud tied to IPO  —  (Reuters) - Zynga Inc must face a lawsuit accusing the online gaming company known for “FarmVille” of defrauding shareholders about its prospects before and after its December 2011 initial public offering.

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