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February 24, 2014, 8:55 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
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Glenn Greenwald / First Look Media:
How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations  —  A page from a GCHQ top secret document prepared by its secretive JTRIG unit  —  One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
HTC launches new project donating processor power to scientific research  —  Today at Mobile World Congress, HTC announced an ambitious distributed computing project that would use spare computing cycles to further scientific research.  Partnering with the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing …
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.
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 …
Bloomberg:
SoftBank Said to Seek Stake in Naver's Line Mobile-Message Unit  —  SoftBank Corp. (9984) is seeking to buy a stake in Line Corp., the mobile-messaging service controlled by South Korea's Naver Corp., people with knowledge of the matter said.  —  Line has received at least one other offer …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
In less than a decade, phone memory cards have grown from 128MB to 128GB  —  Emerging in 2005 out of the need for a memory card small enough to fit inside a mobile phone, microSD cards have rapidly matured to their current status of global ubiquity and adoption.

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