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April 10, 2015, 4:25 PM

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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
All Apple Watch models in US sold out as shipping times slip to minimum of 4 to 6 weeks; Watch AppleCare+ pricing ranges from $49 to $1.5K  —  Almost all Apple Watch models sold out, AppleCare+ pricing revealed (update: sold out!)  —  Update: All Apple Watch models in the US are now at minimum 4 …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple Watch Out-of-Warranty Service Fees Range From $229 to $2,800  —  Apple has disclosed that it will charge an out-of-warranty service fee of $229, $329 and $2,800 for the Sport, Watch and Edition models respectively for repairs not covered by Apple's limited one-year warranty or AppleCare+ extended coverage plans.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
A look at the Apple Watch shopping experience at Apple's Tokyo, Paris, and London pop-up stores; trying on the Watch Edition was not a luxurious experience  —  We went shopping for an Apple Watch in Tokyo, Paris, and London  —  The Apple Watch is available to order today …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg Business:
Apple has asked over a dozen artists for exclusive deals to promote Beats Music, which relaunches this summer at $9.99/month with family plan for $14.99  —  Apple's New Beats Music Thinks Taylor Swift Will Make You Pay  —  Apple Inc. has asked Florence and the Machine and more than a dozen …
Andrea Peterson / Washington Post:
Report: DDoS on GitHub and GreatFire the result of “Great Cannon”, a powerful new offensive capability for Chinese government enabling censorship worldwide  —  China deploys new weapon for online censorship in form of ‘Great Cannon’  —  China has moved beyond censoring Internet content seen …
The Citizen Lab:
Technical findings on China's Great Cannon and its similarities to the Great Firewall  —  China's Great Cannon  —  This post describes our analysis of China's “Great Cannon,” our term for an attack tool that we identify as separate from, but co-located with, the Great Firewall of China.
Mark Boslet / PE Hub Blog:
Andy Rubin raises $242M for fund called Playground Ventures to accompany Playground Global hardware incubator  —  Rubin raises $242 mln fund to go with new Playground hardware incubator  —  Yesterday the news surfaced that Android co-founder Andy Rubin had raised $48 million for his new hardware incubator …
More: Business Insider and bizjournalsTweets: @amir
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon Quietly Acquired Shoefitr To Improve How It Sells Footwear Online  —  It looks like Amazon has made another acquisition under the radar, this time to boost online sales in fashion.  The company has purchased Shoefitr, a startup based in Pittsburgh that has developed 3D technology …
More: GeekWire and Tech Times
ZDNet:
Microsoft's new Windows 10 mobile test build now includes Spartan browser, and new Mail, Calendar, Phone, and Messaging apps  —  Microsoft's new Windows 10 mobile test build now includes Spartan  —  Summary:Microsoft has delivered a second preview build of Windows 10 Mobile to testers …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
GoDaddy acquires San Francisco-based web development marketplace Elto to expand its services for web professionals  —  GoDaddy Acquires Marketplace Startup Elto To Expand Its Services For Web Pros  —  Web hosting and web services provider GoDaddy is continuing to expand its resources …

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