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March 3, 2015, 6:55 PM

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Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Researchers discover “FREAK” flaw, which can force Safari and Android browsers to use weak encryption, enabling MITM attacks  —  “FREAK” flaw undermines security for Apple and Google users, researchers discover  —  Technology companies are scrambling to fix a major security flaw …
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Apple to release fix for “FREAK” flaw next week; Google providing patch to partners but rollout timeframe unknown  —  Apple plans fix next week for newly uncovered Freak security bug  —  An Apple Inc (AAPL.O) spokesman said on Tuesday that the company plans to release a fix next week …
Sean Purcell / Gmail Blog:
Google's updated Contacts blends in contacts' Google+ profile info, simplifies pruning duplicates, shows prior emails and meetings  —  The new Google Contacts: Bringing everyone together  —  From email to Hangouts to a good ol' fashioned phone call, you've got a lot of options to get in touch with someone.
Zac Bowden / WinBeta:
Windows 10: A closer look at Cortana integration with Spartan (with video)  —  Microsoft's new browser has a unique feature built in... Cortana  —  Microsoft announced back in January that Windows 10 would ship with two browsers, the regular IE11 for backwards compatibility, and Spartan.
JP Mangalindan / Mashable:
Uber acquires mapping startup deCarta  —  Uber, the popular ride-sharing startup, is acquiring the mapping and search startup deCarta for an unspecified amount, Mashable has learned.  —  The deal, which closes later this week, is for DeCarta's technology and talent.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
PCH buys Fab.com, will use it as a sales channel for the hardware products it helps startups make  —  Fab.com's Fire Sale Is Official  —  Fab.com finally has a new home.  —  PCH International, a company that helps startups design and manufacture hardware products, has announced …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Apple beat Samsung for Q4 2014 global smartphone sales, first time since 2011; Samsung led sales for 2014 as a whole  —  Led By iPhone 6, Apple Passed Samsung In Q4 Smartphone Sales, 1.9B Mobiles Sold Overall In 2014  —  If 2014 goes down as the year when smartphone sales globally passed the 1 billion mark …
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Oculus Has Hired Mary Lou Jepsen Away From Google X  —  Facebook-owned Oculus has hired away big-time Google X executive Mary Lou Jepsen, according to sources familiar with the move.  —  Jepsen, who spent the last three years running the Display Division at Google X, is joining …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Sync, BitTorrent's Free File Sharing Service, Exits Beta With A $40 Pro Tier  —  BitTorrent is today taking one more step ahead in its bid to create a revenue-generating business out of its peer-to-peer file-sharing network.  Sync, the desktop and mobile file synchronising service …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
BlackBerry plans four phones this year, including $275 all-touch 5-inch Leap phablet  —  BlackBerry plans to launch a sliding ‘dual-curved display’ phone this year  —  During a press conference at Mobile World Congress today, BlackBerry revealed that it plans to launch a new touchscreen slider device later this year.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Pebble reveals Pebble Time Steel for $250 on Kickstarter along with a “Smartstraps” system that's open to hardware developers  —  Pebble Reveals Pebble Time Steel And A Smartstrap System Open To Hardware Developers  —  Pebble announced Pebble Time last week …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
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