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February 24, 2014, 1:15 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 …
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.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Nokia Forks Android In Mobile Services Push — $122 Nokia X Will Also Be Lumia “Feeder”  —  Sony Taps Its Display, Gaming, And Photography Might For Latest Mobile Flagships  —  More proof, if proof were needed, that Android won the smartphone OS wars: Nokia, the former world No.1 smartphone maker and …
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).
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 …
Derrick Harris / Gigaom:
IBM buys NoSQL cloud database startup Cloudant  —  IBM is at it again in the cloud computing space, this time acquiring Boston-based cloud database startup Cloudant.  The company, which runs a distributed cloud document store based on the Apache CouchDB technology, was founded in 2008 …
Brad Molen / Engadget:
HTC's ‘flagship mid-range’ Desire 816 packs a large display, decent cameras and LTE  —  BY BRAD MOLEN @PHONEWISDOM FEB 24TH 2014 10:33AM  —  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 …
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.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Next-Gen YotaPhone Follow-Up Unveiled, With Full-Touch E-Ink Rear Screen  —  Russian mobile-making startup Yota Devices has just unveiled the next generation of its dual-screen smartphone, the YotaPhone.  —  As with the current first-gen model, which went on sale in Russia and select European markets …
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.
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: Reuters and The Verge
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 …
Barb Darrow / Gigaom:
SAP and Rackspace jump on the Cloud Foundry bandwagon  —  In a move that could bolster Cloud Foundry's position as an enterprise-class Platform-as-a-Service standard, SAP and Rackspace are throwing their weight behind the effort.  —  Those two companies, both newbies to Cloud Foundry …

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