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February 28, 2015, 9:25 PM

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Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Samsung Galaxy S6 and Edge version, HTC One M9, Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet expected to debut at MWC  —  10 things to expect at Mobile World Congress  —  Every year, tens of thousands of reporters, analysts, and suited-up businesspeople descend upon Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress trade show.
Kellex / Droid Life:
Huawei Watch, an unannounced round-faced Android Wear smartwatch, shown off in two leaked promotional videos  —  This is the Huawei Watch, One of the Best Looking Android Wear Devices to Date  —  Huawei is about to make its presence felt at MWC with the announcement of the Huawei Watch.
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Vivek Wadhwa, voice for gender diversity in Silicon Valley, shows how not to handle criticism  —  Vivek Wadhwa, Voice for Women in Silicon Valley, Is Foiled by His Tone  —  Silicon Valley has lately come to the realization that it is not the meritocracy it has long pretended to be — at least not for women and most minorities.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Tinder Plus Will Launch On Monday  —  Tinder Plus, the dating app's first step into the wonderful world of freemium monetization, will launch on Monday for $9.99, according to sources familiar with the matter.  —  Tinder Plus includes at least one highly requested feature and a few others …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Former Apple Retail Boss Ron Johnson Leads $16 Million Investment in Nasty Gal  —  Online retailer Nasty Gal is gearing up for its brick-and-mortar moment and has brought in former Apple retail boss Ron Johnson to help guide the way.  —  Johnson is leading a $16 million investment …
Nick Bilton / New York Times:
Strippers and porn stars use Snapcash to charge Snapchat users for photos and videos  —  Strippers Go Undercover on Snapchat  —  Porn, it has been said, is a driver of technology.  —  Pornography has spurred the adoption of most tech innovations of the last generation.
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Sources: Airbnb is in the process of raising close to $1B at a $20B valuation  —  Airbnb Is Raising A Monster Round At A $20B Valuation  —  Airbnb — the platform that lets travellers book private spare rooms and entire homes as an alternative to traditional hotels — is doing some booking of its own.
Nikita Richardson / Fast Company:
BuzzFeed launches Tinder-like Cute or Not to rate pet photos, plans to launch more experimental apps, saying it will be “year of apps” for company  —  BuzzFeed's Silly New Animals App Is Very Smart Business  —  BuzzFeed just launched a Tinder for pets.  Here's why that's a shrewd move.
David Bredan / aBlogtoWatch:
Swatch announces Touch Zero One smartwatch targeted at beach volleyball players and fans  —  Swatch Introduces A Smartwatch: Touch Zero One (For Volleyball)  —  Today, as news both expected and unexpected, Swatch has introduced what will be its first widely available smartwatch: the Swatch Touch Zero One.

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Testing a datacenter under the sea  —  Envisioned to be resilient and self-sustainable, Project Natick enters a new research phase off the Scottish coast.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
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