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February 24, 2014, 2:30 PM

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Messaging Giant WhatsApp, With 465M Users, Will Add Voice Services In Q2 Of This Year  —  Today Jan Koum, the CEO of WhatsApp — acquired by Facebook last week for $19 billion — announced that the messaging giant is finally moving into voice — a move announced at MWC, the conference …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
WhatsApp Is Actually Worth More Than $19B, Says Facebook's Zuckerberg, And It Was Internet.org That Sealed The Deal  —  More than a few people were surprised when Facebook said it would pay $19 billion for messaging app startup WhatsApp, but today Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today said that he believed it was actually worth more.
Mike Isaac / Re/code:
Don't Expect Facebook's WhatsApp to Make Any Real Money for Years  —  Facebook paid a lot of money for WhatsApp.  It wasn't because of what's in the company's coffers — at least, not right now.  —  But it is, however, about the numbers.  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg conceded that buying …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Samsung refines winning formula with Galaxy S5, maintains distinct Galaxy software, plans April launch worldwide and on all major US carriers  —  Samsung's Galaxy S5 is here with more power, more pixels, and a refined design  —  This year's flagship doesn't mess with a winning formula
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Watch Samsung's 'Unpacked5′ Galaxy S5 Announcement Live  —  Facebook Is Finally Moving Into AOL's Building In New York  —  Samsung is introducing its Galaxy S5 smartphone today at a special event in Barcelona, but you don't have to be there to watch the announcement live …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Samsung's Dust- And Waterproof Galaxy S5 Gets Official With Heart Rate Monitor, Fingerprint Scanner  —  The Samsung Galaxy S5 is here, and now we know everything about the 2014 flagship from the Korean smartphone maker.  It's pushing into phablet territory with a 5.1-inch, 1920×1080 display …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
This is Nokia X: Android and Windows Phone collide  —  It's official, the Nokia X Android phone is here.  Microsoft might be buying Nokia's phone business shortly, but the Finnish smartphone maker is still pushing ahead with the a launch of three Android-powered handsets today.
Ian Delaney / Nokia Conversations:
Nokia announces X, X+, and XL low-cost Android phones “to appeal to new smartphone users” outside North America  —  Xtraordinarily xcellent: the Nokia X family  —  Today Nokia introduces a brand new family of smartphones, the Nokia X family, a range of handsets that combines Nokia design …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
eBay Inc:
eBay Inc. Responds to Carl Icahn's Feb. 24 Open Letter to Stockholders  —  New eBay shareholder Carl Icahn has cherry-picked old news clips and anecdotes out of context to attack the integrity of two of the most respected, accomplished and value-driven technology leaders in Silicon Valley.
Ryan Joe / AdExchanger:
Oracle To Buy BlueKai For Estimated $350M to $400M, Deal Presents Big Challenges  —  Oracle will acquire data services and technology company BlueKai for an estimated $350 to $400 million, bringing together one of the largest enterprise software companies with a market leading data management platform (DMP).
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Sony's SmartBand fitness tracker will launch worldwide in March  —  Sony's SmartBand, the first product powered by the company's new Core fitness tracker, will be released worldwide in March.  We got our first look at the product back at CES in January, and Sony is showing it off yet again here at Mobile World Congress.
Matt Brian / Engadget:
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Moviefone Is Hanging Up, but Its App Will Go On  —  LOS ANGELES — Mr. Moviefone's lines are going dead.  —  For 25 years, residents of America's biggest cities have been able to call 777-FILM to receive movie listing information and buy tickets.  The service's goofily booming greeting became …
Avram Piltch / LAPTOP Mag:
Intel Announces Next-Gen, 64-Bit Merrifield / Moorefield CPUs for Smartphones  —  Intel has long been the leader in desktop and laptop processors, but the company hasn't made much headway in the smartphone market as only a handful of handsets, none of which currently ship in America …
Brad Molen / Engadget:
HTC's ‘flagship mid-range’ Desire 816 packs a large display, decent cameras and LTE  —  That HTC “Desire 8” you've been seeing lately?  It's finally unveiled as the Desire 816, a “flagship mid-range” phone that promises to be competitively priced, while also offering LTE (for EMEA and Asia) and HSPA+ (up to 42 Mbps).
Jeff Morganteen / CNBC:
Verizon CEO: We expect a deal with Netflix  —  Verizon CEO: I would expect deal with Netflix  —  Netflix has agreed to pay Comcast for faster broadband service.  Lowell McAdam, Verizon Communications President & CEO, weighs in on the deal and discusses Google's fiber plans.
More: The Verge and Reuters
Wall Street Journal:
China's Sina Plans U.S. IPO for Weibo  —  Internet Company Plans to Raise Around $500 Million From Listing in 2nd Quarter  —  Chinese Internet company Sina Corp. is planning to raise around $500 million in a U.S. initial public offering of its Weibo social-media platform in the second quarter …

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Microsoft:
FansChoice.tv and Ooyala choose Microsoft to help them deliver content to anyone, on any device  —  On Monday at the 2014 NAB Show exhibition, Microsoft is showing the latest technology innovations for the broadcast media industry.
Atlassian:
5 Steps to launching a thriving Q&A Community  —  Imagine having a self-governing community of engaged employees answering each others' questions, solving problems, and sharing new ideas!
Zoho Blogs:
Zoho CRM - Discontinuing Integration with LinkedIn  —  Back in 2011, to help our customers focus more on selling and less CRMing, we started offering integration with LinkedIn along with various other important features.
Silicon Valley Bank:
Strengthening the U.S. Innovation Economy by Ending Abusive Patent Litigation  —  In Silicon Valley Bank's Innovation Economy Outlook 2014 survey, we asked executives what they see in today's patent system …
 

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