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March 2, 2015, 3:15 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 …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Sundar Pichai confirms Android Pay, says it will exist as an “API layer” for developers  —  Android Pay Is Real, And Will Give Developers The Reins As An API  —  Google's Sundar Pichai essentially used today's Mobile World Congress keynote to let the cat out of the bag …
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.
Ruth Reader / VentureBeat:
Netflix will launch in New Zealand and Australia on March 24  —  Gaming execs: Join 180 select leaders from King, Glu, Rovio, Unity, Facebook, and more to plan your path to global domination in 2015.  GamesBeat Summit is invite-only — apply here.  Ticket prices increase on March 6 Pacific!
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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Niall Kennedy / The Twitter Blog:
Embed Twitter-hosted video on your website  —  With the new embedded video widget, you can highlight Twitter-hosted video on your website, enhanced by the same JavaScript used to render Tweet buttons and embedded Tweets.  —  Video embeds are available for videos captured …
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 …
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.
Scott Stein / CNET:
Samsung Gear VR store finally offers paid apps with latest update  —  Newer games and apps are arriving for Samsung Gear VR, and they're no longer all free.  Which is a good thing, in theory.  We talked with Oculus' Head of Mobile Max Cohen in Barcelona.
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.
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.

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