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February 23, 2014, 7:37 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:
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.
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.
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 …
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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Roger Cheng / CNET:
Tizen signs up new allies, but still no real phone  —  BARCELONA, Spain—The Tizen bandwagon is getting bigger, but it hasn't traveled far.  —  The Tizen Association on Sunday talked up its 15 new partners, including notable names such as Japanese carrier SoftBank, Sprint, Baidu, and ZTE.
Brad Molen / Engadget:

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