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March 2, 2015, 7:25 AM

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
David Besbris no longer running Google+, replaced by longtime VP of Product Bradley Horowitz  —  Bradley Horowitz Is Now Running Google+  —  More changes afoot at Google+.  TechCrunch has learned, and now confirmed with Google, that David Besbris has left his role as the head of the company's social and identity product.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Hands-on with Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge: design prioritized over waterproofing, removable batteries, and superfluous software features  —  Samsung's new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge put design first  —  Following countless leaks and endless teasers, Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft's Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL are budget phones with free Office 365  —  Microsoft is looking to Office to tempt consumers to buy a Windows phone.  At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, the software maker is unveiling two new low-cost Lumia smartphones complete with a free version …
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
The state of Linux gaming in the SteamOS era  —  After 14 months in beta, where does Valve's new platform push stand?  —  For decades after Linux's early '90s debut, even the hardest of hardcore boosters for the open source operating system had to admit that it couldn't really compete in one important area of software: gaming.
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Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
Apple Watch will have low energy Power Reserve mode that will display only time  —  Apple's New Job: Selling a Smartwatch to an Uninterested Public  —  SAN FRANCISCO — For Apple, the hard part — making a smartwatch — is nearly over.  —  Soon it will be time for the harder part …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Sony announces Xperia Z4 tablet with a 10-inch 2K display launching globally in June  —  Sony's VAIO replacement is the ultrathin Xperia Z4 Tablet  —  Announced at Mobile World Congress a year ago, the 10-inch Xperia Z2 Tablet remains one of the thinnest and lightest tablets around …
Chris Hall / Pocket-lint:
HTC One M9 hands-on: excels in design, improved specs, may look too much like its predecessor  —  HTC One M9: The devil is in the details (hands-on)  —  The HTC One M9 has probably been the most leaked handset in recent history, but it isn't until you have this device in your hand …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple's latest ads feature photos from iPhone users, highlighting camera quality  —  Apple Would Like You To Know People Think The iPhone's Camera Is Awesome  —  Apple has never led market share in worldwide phone sales.  Ever.  And yet, the iPhone has held the (according to flickr) title of world's most popular camera for years.
Washington Post:
Why Silicon Valley is the new revolving door for Obama staffers  —  In 2004, when Barack Obama was running for the U.S. Senate, he made his first visit to Google's campus and saw firsthand how a search on the Internet worked.  It left such a strong impression that he returned during …
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