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February 24, 2015, 9:55 PM

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Nathan Olivarez-Giles / Wall Street Journal:
Pebble Time smartwatch: color display, 20% thinner body, microphone, new “Timeline” interface, to retail for $199 with pre-sale on Kickstarter now  —  Pebble Unveils Color-Screen Time Smartwatch as Apple Threat Looms … Smartwatch pioneer Pebble is facing the toughest threat of its short life: the Apple Watch.
Lisa Eadicicco / Business Insider:
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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Reddit now prohibits posting nude photos or videos of sex acts without prior consent from the people depicted in them  —  In Privacy Update, Reddit Tightens Restrictions on Nude Photos  —  For nearly a decade, Reddit, the huge online message board, has been known for its freewheeling stance on letting its users govern themselves.
BBC:
Internet of things starter kit unveiled by ARM and IBM  —  A “starter kit” designed to spur on the invention of internet-connected gadgets has been announced as part of a tie-up between two leading tech firms.  —  Chip designer ARM and cloud services giant IBM say it can take just five minutes …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Google Tests Live Chat With Businesses From Search Results  —  Google is testing out a service that incorporates live chat with businesses right into search results, via a new link that shows whether a business is currently available, and immediately launches a chat via Google Hangouts (on either desktop or mobile) if they are.
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Twitter's global head of developer and platform relations, Jeff Sandquist, is departing after less than 18 months  —  Twitter's Global Developer Lead Jeff Sandquist Departing  —  Twitter's global head of developer and platform relations, Jeff Sandquist, is leaving the company at the end of the week …
More: GeekWire and Mashable
Mic Wright / The Next Web:
Visa announces credit card tech that could speed up Apple Pay's arrival in Europe  —  Visa Europe has announced that it's introducing a secure way to pay with your smartphone while keeping your credit card details concealed.  Bringing the method to Europe could speed up the arrival of Apple Pay …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple to overhaul Genius Bar, changing appointments and using phones as pagers  —  Apple will soon make a significant change to retail store Genius Bar appointments to improve the customer experience, according to several sources briefed on the upcoming shift.
Matthew Goldstein / New York Times:
Wall St. and Law Firms Plan Cooperative Body to Bolster Online Security  —  The threat of ever-larger online attacks is bringing together Wall Street banks and the big law firms that do work for them in an alliance that could result in some sharing of basic information about digital security issues.
More: The Hill and PC Advisor
IDC:
Android and iOS take 96% of smartphone OS market in Q4 and calendar year 2014  —  Android and iOS Squeeze the Competition, Swelling to 96.3% of the Smartphone Operating System Market for Both 4Q14 and CY14, According to IDC  —  Android and iOS inched closer to total domination …
Joey-Elijah Sneddon / OMG!:
Google says Chromebook Pixel 2 is coming soon, pulls video of announcement made at an event  —  Google Say Chromebook Pixel 2 Will Go On Sale Soon  —  Google has confirmed that a second generation Chromebook Pixel will go on sale ‘soon’.  —  Speaking at the Team Work 2015 event this week …
Joab Jackson / PC World:
IBM brings location awareness to MobileFirst apps  —  Enterprise apps built with IBM's MobileFirst management and development platform can now be made more aware of their surroundings.  —  The new capabilities, included in an upcoming MobileFirst update, could give app users more information …
Carmel DeAmicis / Gigaom:
Snapchat's “Our Stories” are generating tens of millions of views  —  Screenshots of Twitter users whose snaps saw tens of millions of views in a Snapchat “Our Story”  —  Screenshots of Twitter users whose snaps saw tens of millions of views in a Snapchat “Our Story”
Owen Williams / The Next Web:
Sense sleep tracker now available for purchase, shipping to backers today  —  After a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign in 2014 that raised $2.4 million, Hello is today announcing that the Sense sleep tracker is shipping for Kickstarter backers and pre-orders of the devices.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Net neutrality order could get last-minute change on peering classifications as FCC Democrat Mignon Clyburn reportedly questions Wheeler's plan  —  Net neutrality order could get last-minute change on peering disputes  —  FCC Democrat reportedly questions Chairman Tom Wheeler's plan.
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Lab:
Medium adds tags, simplifies posting, and redesigns presentation of posts as it aims for shorter, off-the-cuff content  —  Medium, known for going long, wants to go shorter  —  Medium announced some new updates to its publishing platform today.  They include a tagging system …

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