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April 9, 2015, 11:55 PM

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Apple:
Apple announces Watch pre-orders begin Friday 12:01am PT, in-store previews begin Friday, confirms orders will be online-only during “initial launch period”  —  Apple Watch In-Store Preview & Online Pre-Order Begin Friday  —  Available for Purchase Online April 24
Joanna Stern / Wall Street Journal:
MacBook review: beautiful, but has disappointing battery life, struggles on performance-intensive tasks, having a single USB Type-C port is a pain  —  Apple MacBook Review: The Laptop of the Future Isn't Ready for the Present  —  Are you willing to give up battery life and convenience to own the most beautiful laptop ever?
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Source: Google close to making Android Wear work with iPhone using companion app  —  Exclusive: Google is close to making Android Wear work on the iPhone  —  Google is working on getting its Android Wear smartwatch platform to work with the iPhone, and it is close to finishing the final technical details …
Ryan Roslansky / Official LinkedIn Blog:
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Amazon announces new Elastic File System storage service for EC2 machines; preview coming soon  —  Amazon Launches New File Storage Service For EC2  —  At its AWS Summit in San Francisco, Amazon today announced the launch of the Amazon Elastic File System (EFS), a new storage service …
Mitch Stoltz / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Entertainment Software Association seeks to prevent restoring functionality of old video games on copyright grounds, even for museums and archives  —  Videogame Publishers: No Preserving Abandoned Games, Even for Museums and Archives, Because All “Hacking” is Illegal
Office Blogs:
Microsoft and Dropbox partner to let you edit Dropbox files in Office Online  —  Office Online and Dropbox web integration now available  —  Last year Office announced an ongoing partnership to create better connections between Office and Dropbox.  We continue to work closely with the Dropbox team …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google-owned Snapseed photo app adds lens blur, spot healing, undo button, and more in first major update in two years  —  Google's Snapseed photo app gets its first major update in two years  —  The Google-owned Snapseed photo editing app has received a major update today, which promises to deliver …

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