TechSummit Rewind #017: April 10, 2015

Editor’s Note: This is the TechSummit Rewind, which offers a daily look at the day’s top stories.

YouTube preparing to launch paid subscription for ad-free viewing

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YouTube is planning to introduce a paid monthly subscription that would allow customers to watch videos ad-free, according to an email that the company recently sent to video creators.

The Google-owned platform will share revenue from subscriptions with YouTube partners. YouTube called the paid offering a “new source of revenue that will supplement your fast growing advertising revenue.”

Apple Watch, MacBook now available for pre-order

The Apple Watch and 12-inch MacBook are now available to order. Apple is taking orders from both its online store and the Apple Store app.

The Watch is available for preview in Apple Stores worldwide, and in pop-up shops in Tokyo, London and Paris department stores. Watch deliveries begin on April 24th, while the MacBook is shipping today. The Watch is available in the US, UK, China, Japan, Australia, France, Germany, and Hong Kong.

Apple’s new Concierge site is also live, letting you schedule appointments for Watch fittings.

Delivery dates for some models are already pushing into the summer.

iOS 8.3 breaks Touch ID purchasing for some users

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If you haven’t installed iOS 8.3 yet, you might want to hold off. The update packs an emoji keyboard and a slew of performance fixes, but reports on Reddit, Twitter and Apple support forums claim that the update basically breaks TouchID support for iTunes and App Store purchases.

You can still download to your heart’s content by punching in your password, and the fingerprint sensor works just find for unlocking your device or authenticating an Apple Pay transaction. Still, affected users have tried all the usual tricks – restarting their settings, toggling the right settings – and they’re not even prompted for their fingerprint when buying some new content. Also, the issues seems to affect users across multiple carriers who installed the update over-the-air and through iTunes.

LinkedIn to buy Lynda.com for $1.5 billion

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Professional social network operator LinkedIn will buy privately held online education company Lynda.com in a cash-and-stock deal for $1.5 billion.

Lynda.com offers courses in a number of languages to improve business, technology, and creative skills. Subscription fees for its courses range from $250-$375 a year, according to its website.

With the companies’ integration, users will know what skills they need from the available jobs in their city, according to Ryan Roslansky, LinkedIn’s head of content, in a blog post.

LinkedIn will pay about 52 percent in cash and 48 percent in stock for the acquisition, according to the company.

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