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March 2, 2015, 2:00 PM

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Sundar Pichai: Google Will Give Details Of Its U.S. Mobile Network ‘In The Coming Months’  —  While Google continues to build out “cell towers in the sky” in the form of balloons and solar-powered airplanes, it's also gearing up to launch an experimental mobile network in the U.S. Today …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
PayPal to Pay $280 Million for Paydiant to Help Retailers Compete With Apple Pay  —  PayPal isn't giving up on payments in brick-and-mortar stores.  —  The eBay payment unit plans to acquire Paydiant, a payments startup that licenses a technology platform used by big retail chains to create their own branded mobile wallet apps.
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.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Google+ divided into Photos and Streams, with new boss  —  Google's social network gets a new leader in Brad Horowitz, and likely will see the Hangouts communication service stand alone, too.  —  BARCELONA — Google is taking another pass at energizing its Google+ social networking service …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Tim Cook says Apple Watch will be available outside U.S. in April  —  Speaking at the Berlin flagship Apple Store last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook told employees that the Apple Watch will not be exclusive to the United States in April, according to employees in attendance.
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Google quietly backs away from encrypting new Lollipop devices by default  —  Encrypted storage will only be required in “future versions of Android.”  —  Last year, Google made headlines when it revealed that its next version of Android would require full-disk encryption on all new phones.
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Napier Lopez / The Next Web:
Twitter is blocking Meerkat's auto-tweet feature, stunting the app's recent rapid growth  —  days until TNW Conference Europe.  Join 3,500 people on April 23-24.  —  Napier Lopez  —  Well, that didn't take long.  After a viral growth spurt in its user numbers yesterday …
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Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Xiaomi Introduces A GoPro-Style Action Camera That Costs Just $64  —  Xiaomi is back with another reminder that it doesn't just make phones.  (Despite dethroning Samsung as China's top smartphone company in 2014.)  Xiaomi's latest device is a GoPro-like camera which, as we've come to expect …
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 …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
HP to acquire Aruba Networks in a deal valued at $3B to bolster wireless networking capability  —  HP confirms Aruba Networks purchase, eyes bulked up networking unit  —  Summary:The deal, valued at $3 billion and $2.7 billion net of debt and cash, gives HP more heft to tackle campus networks and wireless technology.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Silent Circle reveals secure Blackphone 2 phone, Blackphone+ tablet  —  The privacy protection company will upgrade its snoop-resistant handset later this year and introduce a tablet, too.  Also new: a push for business customers spooked by Sony hacks.
Matthew Miller / ZDNet:
MWC 2015: Cyanogen announces Qualcomm partnership and company rebranding  —  Summary:Cyanogen made a couple of announcements at MWC today.  One is a partnership to reach more people with Cyanogen OS and the other focuses on the company's look.
Ian Cutress / AnandTech:
Intel at MWC 2015: SoFIA, Rockchip, Low Cost Integrated LTE, Atom Renaming and 14nm Cherry Trail  —  After day zero at Mobile World Congress already boasting some impressive releases, Intel tackles their platform on day one on several different fronts.  As part of a pre-briefing …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Cybersecurity company Veracode files for IPO, plans to go public in May  —  Exclusive: Veracode files for IPO  —  Cybersecurity company Veracode is planning to go public in May, Fortune has learned.  —  The Burlington, Mass.-based company already has filed confidential IPO documents with the SEC …
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Natt Garun / The Next Web:
Google launches Player Analytics and custom native ads tools for game developers  —  Appropriately announced at today's Game Developer Conference 2015, Google unveiled updates for developers on its Google Play Games platform, with a focus on more effective audience targeting.
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Qualcomm announces Spandragon Sense ID fingerprint sensor, uses ultrasound to scan 3D images  —  Qualcomm's new fingerprint sensor should be better than Touch ID  —  Ever since the iPhone 5S came out in 2013, Apple has had one feature no one could match: Touch ID.
Kevin C. Tofel / Gigaom:
Amid new watches, Android Wear crosses 1M downloads  —  The number of Android Wear downloads has crossed the into the one to five million range on Google Play, suggesting that around one million people are wearing smartwatches powered by Google software.  —  Last month, estimates …

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