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February 25, 2013, 12:45 PM

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Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Barnes & Noble Weighs Its E-Reader Investment  —  Even for a company with a lot of bad news lately, the bulletin from Barnes & Noble this month had an ominous feel.  —  Barnes & Noble, the nation's largest book chain, warned that when it reports fiscal 2013 third-quarter results on Thursday …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Nokia Expands Its Windows Phones To More Price Points With $180 Entry Level Lumia 520 And $330 Mid-Range Lumia 720  —  Nokia has just announced two new Lumia smartphones at its Mobile World Congress press conference - broadening its Windows Phone 8 portfolio to five devices and filling …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
HP emerges as big winner in webOS sale, and LG doesn't rule out a phone  —  LG doesn't seem to know why it just bought webOS  —  HP will indeed sell key pieces of its webOS product and team to LG for use in smart TVs, but contrary to earlier leaked reports, the deal doesn't include the entire webOS portfolio.
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
ASUS PadFone Infinity announced: 5-inch, 1080p display, Snapdragon 600 CPU and full HD tablet display  —  You may have heard a new PadFone was on the way — it's not like ASUS has been dropping obvious hints or anything.  In any case, surprise!  ASUS just unveiled a new model.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Samsung confirms Galaxy S IV for March 14th unveiling  —  We'd already heard from our sources that the Galaxy S III's successor would be unveiled on March 14th, and that's just been made official.  In comments reported by Edaily, mobile chief JK Shin has said that the Galaxy S IV will indeed …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Yandex deals Google a one-two punch, debuts alternative Android app store and 3D interface  —  We knew it was coming soon, but Yandex has waited for the official start of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to actually debut it: say hola to Yandex.Store, its alternative Android app store …
Jack Purcher / Patent Bolt:
Google Glass Part 2: Binocular  —  A head mounted display ("HMD") is a display device worn on or about the head.  HMDs usually incorporate some sort of near-to-eye optical system to display an image within a few centimeters of the human eye.  Single eye displays are referred to as monocular HMDs …
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Facebook and 18 carriers to offer discounted mobile messaging data in 14 countries  —  Shooting the breeze using Facebook's mobile messaging service is about to get a lot cheaper.  The social network is teaming up with 18 carriers in 14 countries to provide free or heavily discounted data to its customers.
David Carr / New York Times:
For ‘House of Cards,’ Using Big Data to Guarantee Its Popularity  —  In the television business, there is no such thing as a sure thing.  You can have a gold-plated director, a bankable star and a popular concept and still, it's just a roll of the dice.  —  Or is it?
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Sony's sleek Xperia Tablet Z coming to the US for $499  —  We're already familiar with the Xperia Tablet Z after Sony unveiled it in Japan last month, but now we know it's coming to the US.  The company is using the occasion of Mobile World Congress 2013 to show off its latest slate to a wider audience …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Zynga shuts Baltimore studio and consolidates three other locations  —  Following up on its promise to be more cost efficient, casual and social game publishing giant Zynga is shutting down its Baltimore studio today and consolidating locations in three other cities.

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Microsoft:
Microsoft to modernize Special Olympics, raise system to the cloud  —  “We're so excited.  This is going to change our world.” says Special Olympics Chief Executive Officer Janet Froetscher.
Zoho:
Announcing Zoho SalesIQ - Real-time sales intelligence platform with tight Zoho CRM integration.  —  You run an apparel store.  There's a visitor who walked in after seeing your weekly ad.
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