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February 25, 2014, 12:35 AM

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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:
The Coinbase Blog:
Joint Statement: Mt.Gox's violation of trust doesn't reflect the resilience of the greater Bitcoin industry  —  Joint Statement Regarding MtGox  —  The purpose of this document is to summarize a joint statement to the Bitcoin community regarding Mt.Gox.  —  This tragic violation of the trust …
Matt Vukas:
Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange goes offline, rumored to have lost 750,000 bitcoins worth $375M  —  Breaking - Mt. Gox is dead, long live Mt. Gox  —  I've been a proponent of Bitcoin for a while now - I think that the currency is still in its infancy and certainly has its risks, but long term will be hailed as a very important innovation.
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft devices chief Julie Larson-Green takes on new role, will be replaced by Nokia's Stephen Elop  —  Julie Larson-Green, the former Windows executive who most recently led Microsoft hardware development as the top executive in the company's Devices and Studios Group …
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 …
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
ReSound LiNX Launches as World's First ‘Made for iPhone’ Hearing Aid  —  A new hearing aid launched today connects directly to iPhones and other iOS devices, allowing wearers to talk on the phone or listen to music, by GN ReSound, a Danish hearing aid manufacturer.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
A look behind the curtain: how Netflix redesigned and rebuilt its television experience  —  The Onion joked recently that Netflix was going to introduce a new Browse Endlessly plan.  For $5, it would offer consumers a way to scroll through its entire library without ever deciding on a single title.
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Bebo's revival begins with the debut of Blab, its 1:1 ephemeral video messaging service  —  In July 2013, entrepreneur Michael Birch spent $1 million to buy back Bebo, a company he founded and sold to AOL for $595 million.  A couple of months later, Birch announced the rebirth of his creation through the use of a ‘ballsy’ video.
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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.
Mike Isaac / Re/code:
LinkedIn Launches a Chinese-Language Site — But Government Censorship Looms  —  LinkedIn announced that it will launch a simplified Chinese language version of its site, making it easier for native Chinese speakers to use the social business network.  —  The company's services have previously …
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 …
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