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April 8, 2015, 1:30 PM

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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Apple Watch is the nicest smartwatch yet, but it has performance issues with apps and locations services, and it costs more than rivals  —  Apple Watch: the definitive review  —  The Apple Watch is an extraordinarily small and personal device.  It is designed to participate in nearly every moment …
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Apple Watch has a steep learning curve but can be a life-changer after apps are streamlined and initial bugs are fixed  —  Apple Watch Bliss, but Only After a Steep Learning Curve  —  It took three days — three long, often confusing and frustrating days — for me to fall for the Apple Watch.
Joshua Topolsky / Bloomberg Business:
Apple Watch Review: You'll Want One, but You Don't Need One … I'm in a meeting with 14 people, in mid-sentence, when I feel a tap-tap-tap on my wrist.  I stop talking, tilt my head, and whip my arm aggressively into view to see the source of the agitation.
Katherine Boehret / Re/code:
How Other Smartwatches Stack Up to Apple Watch  —  Smartwatches are quickly evolving from geeky, ugly devices into user-friendly, stylish wrist computers.  Some of the most notable differentiating factors among these watches are battery life and compatibility with more than one operating system.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple Releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 With Photos for OS X App, Emoji Updates  —  As expected, Apple today released OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, the first significant feature-rich update the operating system has received.  OS X 10.10.3 was first seeded to developers in February, and was provided to public beta testers in March.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases iOS 8.3, including new emojis with diversity, new Siri languages, more  —  Following the release of OS X 10.10.3 to the public, Apple has also released iOS 8.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.  The update, which has been in beta for several months, brings over 300 new emojis …
Andrew Nusca / Fortune:
Fortune hires six former Gigaom reporters to double down on its technology coverage  —  Fortune bulks up on technology coverage, hires 6 Gigaom veterans  —  When technology industry executives visit Fortune's New York City headquarters, one of the things I enjoy most is when they inevitably slow …
Xbox Wire:
TV on Xbox Gets More Versatile with Over-the-Air Tuner for the U.S. and Canada  —  At Xbox, we're committed to delivering amazing new gaming and entertainment experiences, and part of that commitment includes giving you the best TV-viewing options, in one place, never more than one step away from your gaming.
Rebecca Jeschke / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Human Rights Watch files suit against the DEA for collecting records of international calls made from US  —  Human Rights Watch Sues DEA Over Bulk Collection of Americans' Telephone Records  —  EFF Lawsuit Challenges Drug Enforcement Administration Surveillance of International Call Records
Brad Heath / USA Today:
Rebecca R. Ruiz / New York Times:
FCC fines AT&T $25M for failing to protect personal information, including SSNs, of customers  —  F.C.C. Fines AT&T $25 Million for Privacy Breach  —  The Federal Communications Commission announced on Wednesday a $25 million fine against AT&T for failing to protect the personal information …
More: The Verge and Re/code
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton hires Stephanie Hannon, Google's director of product management for civic innovation and social impact, as campaign's chief technology officer  —  Hillary Clinton hires Google executive to be chief technology officer  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton has hired a longtime Google executive …
Chris Crum / WebProNews:
Twitter confirms it's experimenting with a new search interface with more filtering options  —  Twitter Confirms It's Messing With Its Search Experience  —  While covering Google's closure of Google Moderator earlier, I searched Twitter on the desktop to see what people were saying about it …
Matt Weinberger / Business Insider:
The rise and fall of OpenStack startups as venture capital investments in the space dries up  —  Investors were once tripping over themselves to get into a hot technology called OpenStack.  What happened?  —  Once upon a time, venture capitalists were tripping over themselves to invest …
More: Forbes
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Square Acquires Fastbite To Add Cheap, Fast Meals To Caviar  —  When Square bought food delivery startup Caviar last summer, it seemed like a strange acquisition for the payments company.  But over time it's become clear that Square is committed to competing in the increasingly crowded food-delivery segment.
CNN:
Russian hackers accessed sensitive White House information, including real-time details of president's schedule, via compromised State Department system  —  How the U.S. thinks Russians hacked the White House  —  Washington (CNN)Russian hackers behind the damaging cyber intrusion …
Richard Lai / Engadget:
HTC One M9+ launches in China: 5.2" Quad HD screen, fingerprint sensor, MediaTek SoC  —  HTC's bigger and better One M9+ launches in China  —  HTC clearly gets China's obsession with large-screen phones.  Following the plastic 5.5-inch One E9+, the company is back with the metallic M9+ which …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Genius now lets you annotate any web page without its owner having to change any code  —  Genius Now Lets You Annotate Any Web Page, Not Just Rap  —  Rap Genius was just the first step to fulfilling Marc Andreessen's Netscape dream of letting people annotate the whole Internet.
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
Presidential candidate Rand Paul promises to end warrantless searches of phone, computer records; campaign site sells $15 “NSA spy cam blocker” sticker  —  Rand Paul sells “NSA spy cam blocker” as Presidential bid fundraiser  —  Bid announcement video taken off YouTube due to copyright claim over a song.
Eva Dou / Wall Street Journal:
Xiaomi throws parties for fans every few weeks across China, making customers feel part of an exclusive club  —  Xiaomi: The Secret to the World's Most Valuable Startup  —  Xiaomi reaches out to customers through parties and social media  —  HANGZHOU, China—Zhao Ruiping assembles mechanical valves …

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