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February 24, 2014, 11:10 AM

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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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia launches X, X+ and XL Android-based phones (hands-on video)  —  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 …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Nokia Forks Android In Mobile Services Push — $122 Nokia X Will Also Be Lumia “Feeder”  —  More proof, if proof were needed, that Android won the smartphone OS wars: Nokia, the former world No.1 smartphone maker and, nowadays, the primary OEM for Microsoft's third-placed Windows Phone platform …
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Matt Brian / Engadget:
Sony claims the Xperia Z2 Tablet is the world's thinnest and lightest waterproof slate (update:hands-on)  —  With its VAIO PC business all but gone, Sony's betting big on smartphones and tablets.  Three post-PC products are weighing surprisingly light in its pockets at this year's Mobile World Congress …
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.
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Qualcomm's 4- and 8-core Snapdragon 610 and 615 trade CPU power for 64-bit  —  Cortex A53 won't stand up to Krait, but Qualcomm adds a capable GPU to the mix.  —  Qualcomm's first 64-bit chip wasn't a record-breaking high-end Snapdragon, but rather the modest, mid-range Snapdragon 410.
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 …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple sues Chinese government agency over Siri patent dispute  —  Apple has targeted both a Chinese government agency and a Shanghai-based company in a new patent lawsuit related to the ownership of Siri, the voice-driven personal assistant found on iPhone and iPad.
More: AFP and 9to5Mac
Liz Stinson / Wired:
New study analyzes Instagram selfies to constrast gender, age, and other features by city  —  Fantastic Infographics, Drawn From A Study of Millions of Instagram Selfies  —  Right now, there are more than 79 million photos on Instagram that fall under #selfie.
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 …
Megan Geuss / Ars Technica:
Security certification group EC-Council's website defaced with Snowden passport  —  A screencap of the defaced EC-Council page.  —  The website for EC-Council, an “International Council of E-Commerce Consultants,” was defaced on Sunday evening.  The hacker, who went by Eugene Belford …
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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