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April 9, 2015, 12:05 AM

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Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Apple Watch review: a blissful link from the digital world to my brain, but has a steep learning curve, requires fine-tuning of notifications settings  —  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.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Apple Watch review: easily the best smartwatch, but costlier than rivals, and with performance issues in apps and locations services  —  Apple Watch: the definitive review  —  The Apple Watch is an extraordinarily small and personal device.  It is designed to participate in nearly every moment …
Joanna Stern / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Watch review: stylish and a great fitness tracker, but first-gen hardware and frustrating software make it difficult to recommend  —  What the Apple Watch Does Best: Make You Look Good  —  Apple isn't just selling some wrist-worn computer, it's selling good looks and coolness, too
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Sources: YouTube's ad-free subscription service coming in the next few months for around $10/month, will offer offline viewing, creators required to join  —  YouTube's paid subscription offering takes shape — and it's almost here  —  YouTube's forthcoming paid subscription offering …
New York Times:
Zynga founder and chairman Mark Pincus returns as CEO, replacing Don Mattrick  —  Mark Pincus, Zynga's Founder, Returns as C.E.O.  —  When Mark Pincus hired a new executive to run Zynga, the online games company he founded, he tweeted a message calling the executive, Don Mattrick, an “Internet treasure.”
Gabor Cselle / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter retires Discover and Activity features for iOS and Android users, moves Trends tool to search page  —  Updating trends on mobile  —  Trends are a great way to find out what people are talking about on Twitter at a given moment and at a single glance.
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Facebook launches a standalone website for Messenger at Messenger.com for users who want a dedicated desktop messaging experience  —  Facebook Launches Messenger for Web Browsers  —  Facebook is bringing Messenger, its standalone messaging tool, to the Web.
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 …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft to add virtualized containers, Nano Server mode to Windows Server 2016  —  Summary:Microsoft confirms it will have a Nano Server mode in Windows Server 2016, along with new Hyper-V containerization technology.  —  Although the second test build of Windows Server 2016 isn't coming until May …
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.
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Apple Quietly Bought Dryft, A Keyboard App  —  Apple quietly bought Dryft, a startup that develops keyboard apps — an acquisition that appears to have occurred last year — TechCrunch has learned.  —  The acquisition seemed to be confirmed by Randy Marsden's LinkedIn profile, which lists him as joining Apple last September.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's ‘Redstone’: An update to Windows 10 due in 2016  —  Summary:Microsoft is working on two updates to the Windows 10 core, codenamed ‘Redstone,’ that are targeted to arrive in 2016, sources say.  —  There's a new Windows codename on the roadmap: “Redstone.”
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Xiaomi beats its own flash sale record with 2M phones and thousands of accessories sold in 12 hours, generating $355M in revenue  —  Xiaomi Sells $335 Million Worth of Phones in 12 Hours  —  Fast-growing Chinese phone maker Xiaomi said Wednesday that it broke its own flash-sale record …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Operator app from Uber co-founder Garret Camp will fulfill requests such as purchases and deliveries  —  Uber Co-Founder's Startup ‘Operator’ Will Get You What You Want  —  Send an instant message asking for something, and they'll do the grunt work of placing your order and getting it delivered to you.

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