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February 24, 2014, 1:05 PM

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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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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