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February 23, 2014, 1:35 PM

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Joe Belfiore / Windows Phone Blog:
Scaling Windows Phone, evolving Windows 8  —  A lot of you folks know me as “the Windows Phone guy.”  Over the past five years I've been co-managing the Windows Phone product team on a mission to make Windows Phone a delightful and successful platform.  Recently my job changed to focus …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Windows Phone 8.1?  With the size of these updates, it's more like Windows Phone 9  —  Microsoft isn't yet talking about the next update to Windows Phone.  Though the company has made a series of small updates to Windows Phone 8, with three delivered so far, the platform is more or less the same as it was in 2012.
More: BetaNews and Inquirer
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft announces spring update for Windows 8.1 that will improve mouse and keyboard experience, enable lower cost hardware  —  Microsoft announces ‘spring’ update for Windows 8.1  —  Microsoft is at Mobile World Congress today, and the company is announcing its first significant update to Windows 8.1.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Huawei announces TalkBand B1 smart watch with 1.4 inch flexible OLED display and removable earpiece  —  Huawei's first smartband has a pop-out earpiece for voice calls  —  Huawei hasn't exactly been keeping quiet about its very own wearable device, so today's announcement of its TalkBand B1 should be no surprise to anyone.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Netflix and Comcast Solve Their Web Traffic Problem With a Long-Term Deal  —  Comcast and Netflix have hammered out a deal designed to remove a bottleneck slowing the video service's streams for the cable company's broadband customers.  —  The deal focuses on the intersection between …
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Samsung Gear 2 smartwatches coming in April with Tizen OS and better battery life  —  Even in an industry known for evolving at an impossibly quick pace, it's rare for a product to be replaced in just five months.  If you've read our review of Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch, however …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Mozilla Says New Chip Paves Way for $25 Smartphone  —  Mozilla, which continues to pitch its Firefox OS as a way to create low-cost smartphones, on Sunday announced a chip deal it said will allow for devices that can cost as little as $25.  —  The browser maker is partnering with Spreadtrum to create reference designs of such phones.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Facebook's WhatsApp acquisition should atone for a prank Zuckerberg played on Sequoia in 2004  —  The Story Of Sequoia Capital's $3 Billion ‘Revenge’ On Mark Zuckerberg  —  He's become a successful CEO and a generous person, but ten years ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg used to have something of an attitude.
More: I4U News, Guardian and ForbesTweets: @chrisjhorn
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Roger Cheng / CNET:
Google, LG working on smartwatch to be unveiled in June  —  BARCELONA, Spain—Google and LG are about to jump into the smartwatch game together.  —  Google is set to unveil plans for its smartwatch-centric operating system in March, likely in a blog post, according to a person familiar with its plans.

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