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February 23, 2014, 2:20 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 …
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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.
Andrew Hoyle / CNET:
Huawei Ascend G6 has 4G LTE and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera (hands-on)  —  Huawei has a new phone to show off at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in the form of the Ascend G6.  With a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, Huawei is hoping the Android phone will appeal …
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 …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Facebook Price for Having No Phone OS?  $19 Billion.  A Must-Have Apps Play?  Priceless.  —  Everyone in a room I was in today dropped their jaws in disbelief when I told them the news that Facebook had forked over $19 billion to buy the global mobile messaging service WhatsApp.
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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 …
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.
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Apple promises fix “very soon” for Macs with failed encryption  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc said on Saturday it would issue a software update “very soon” to cut off the ability of spies and hackers to grab email, financial information and other sensitive data from Mac computers.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Opera Launches Its Max Data-Savings App For Android  —  About a week ago, Opera teased its new Max data-savings app for Android and allowed users to pre-register.  Starting today, Opera will roll out Max to these pre-registered Android users in the U.S. on a first-come, first-served bases.
More: CNET and The Verge

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