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February 24, 2014, 6:10 PM

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Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Samsung refines winning formula with Galaxy S5, maintains distinct Galaxy software, plans April 11 launch alongside new Gear models  —  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:
Samsung's Dust- And Water Resistant 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 …
Samsung Mobile Press:
Samsung unveils Galaxy S5 to focus on what matters most to consumers  —  The company's 5th generation Galaxy S redefines how technology innovation enhances our lives  —  Barcelona, Spain, February 24, 2014 - Samsung Electronics today announced the fifth generation of the Galaxy S series …
Bonnie Cha / Re/code:
Samsung Tries On Another Wearable With Fitness-Focused Gear Fit  —  Perhaps you thought Samsung was done with its wearable news when it announced the Tizen-based Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches over the weekend.  But turns out the company had one last trick up its sleeve (no pun intended).
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 said that he believed it was actually worth more.
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:
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Facebook retires its troubled @facebook.com email service  —  Facebook is retiring its email service, and has begun notifying users that all email sent to their @facebook.com address will soon be forwarded to their primary email address on file.  Facebook users can turn off the forwarding feature, which is on by default.
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).
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.
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 …
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.
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).
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Facebook Hires Ryan Seacrest's Digital Chief as Head of Entertainment Partnerships (Exclusive)  —  Sibyl Goldman tapped to lead Hollywood outreach efforts  —  Facebook has recruited Ryan Seacrest's digital guru for a new role leading an expanded effort to court Hollywood.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Broadcom packs high-speed 5G Wi-Fi into a single chip for smartphones  —  Broadcom, the multibillion-dollar communications chip maker, wants to elbow its way into smartphones.  And it is planning to do so by announcing the first advanced 5G Wi-Fi combination chips for smartphones.
Eddie Makuch / GameSpot:
Xbox One price cut doesn't mean the system is struggling, Microsoft says  —  “For us, this is about giving UK gamers the best value that we can,” marketing executive Harvey Eagle says.  — Shares  — +1  —  Microsoft's announcement today of a £30/$50 price cut for the Xbox …

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