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February 23, 2014, 11:30 PM

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Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
Netflix agrees to pay Comcast to improve its streaming speeds  —  Deal Ends Standoff Over Streaming, Would Give Netflix Direct Access to Comcast Systems  —  Netflix Inc. has agreed to pay Comcast Corp. to ensure Netflix movies and TV shows stream smoothly to Comcast customers …
Dan Rayburn / StreamingMediaBlog.com:
Inside The Netflix/Comcast Deal and What The Media Is Getting Very Wrong  —  On Sunday, Comcast and Netflix announced a commercial interconnect relationship between the two companies, which is in the very early stages of implementation, and as a result, many who clearly don't understand how the Internet works are writing about the news.
Timothy B. Lee / The Switch:
Comcast's deal with Netflix makes network neutrality obsolete  —  For the past two decades, the Internet has operated as an unregulated, competitive free market.  Given the tendency of networked industries to lapse into monopoly—think of AT&T's 70-year hold over telephone service, for example—that's a minor miracle.
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
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.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Firefox OS getting interface overhaul in coming months  —  BARCELONA, Spain — Big changes are coming to Firefox OS over the next year as Mozilla moves the browser-based operating system away from its current Android-style functioning.  —  At the Mobile World Congress show here Sunday …
More: Engadget
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Raphael Minder / New York Times:
In a First for Spain, a Woman Is Convicted of Inciting Terror Over Twitter  —  MADRID — The line between youthful rebelliousness and something more dangerous is not always clear.  But in her angry musings on Twitter, Alba González Camacho, 21, who describes herself as a “very normal girl,” sailed across it.
Wall Street Journal:
Allen & Co. Flourishes as a Tech Deal Maker  —  Facebook's WhatsApp Purchase Highlights Allen & Co.'s Rise in the Technology Sector  —  Allen & Co. has long been a big player in media and entertainment deals.  Facebook Inc. 's $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp Inc. highlights …
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MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
What will unify the fragmented world of mobile apps like Google unified the web?  —  A New Glue For A New Kingdom  —  To me, the most exciting part of the Facebook/WhatsApp deal has nothing to do with the deal itself.  Instead, I'm excited about the ramifications of such a deal.
More: Medium

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