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February 23, 2014, 6:05 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 …
Timothy B. Lee / The Switch:
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.
Andrew Hoyle / CNET:
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Mozilla's Partners Launch New Firefox OS Phones As It Looks To Expand To New Markets In 2014  —  Just ahead of the start of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Mozilla today announced a number of new Firefox OS smartphones from partners like ZTE, Huawei and Alcatel, as well as a $25 reference design from Spreadtrum.
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.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Apple's ‘Gotofail’ Security Mess Extends To Mail, Twitter, iMessage, Facetime And More  —  First, Apple revealed a critical bug in its implementation of encryption in iOS, requiring an emergency patch.  Then researchers found the same bug is also included in Apple's desktop OSX operating system …
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Joseph Menn / Reuters:
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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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.

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