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April 8, 2015, 3:40 PM

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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 …
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.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apple Watch review: falls short of conventional watches as a timepiece, but Taptic Engine is a breakthrough  —  The Apple Watch  —  Apple Watch is, in many ways, the Bizarro iPhone — in some ways parallel and similar, but in others, the inverse, the opposite.  —  Both were introduced as three things in one.
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.
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Facebook launches a standalone website for Messenger at Messenger.com, intended for users who want to chat without other Facebook distractions  —  Facebook Launches Messenger for Web Browsers  —  Facebook is bringing Messenger, its standalone messaging tool, to the Web.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Blair Hanley Frank / GeekWire:
Oyster takes aim at Amazon with new e-book store, lands all ‘Big Five’ publishers … Oyster launched a new version of its e-book platform today that puts it in even closer competition with Amazon.  The New York-based startup introduced its own e-book store to augment its existing Netflix-esque e-book subscription service.
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 …
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.
Mic Wright / The Next Web:
Popcorn Time launches on iOS through an external installer  —  Popcorn Time's launched on iOS and that's a big problem for Apple and Netflix  —  Torrent-streaming platform Popcorn Time has been causing headaches for the movie and TV industries ever since it emerged early last year.
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 …
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