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March 3, 2015, 12:45 AM

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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.
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.
AnandTech:
Lenovo unveils 5-inch VIBE Shot 2-in-one 16MP smartphone/camera with image stabilization, tri-color flash; available June for $349  —  Lenovo at MWC 2015: VIBE Shot SmartPhone/Camera Crossover Announced  —  As part of our booth tour at Lenovo during Mobile World Congress …
Sebastian Anthony / Ars Technica:
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 will feature Kryo CPU, Krait's 64-bit successor  —  At long last, it's (almost) time for Qualcomm's custom-designed 64-bit chip.  —  BARCELONA, Spain—Qualcomm, after an agonizingly long wait, has finally revealed a few details about its next-gen, top-end CPU core.
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:
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 …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases first OS X 10.10.3 Public Beta with new Photos app  —  Apple today released the first Public Beta of the upcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.3.  The new release includes the iCloud-based Photos application for the Mac, new Emojis across the system, and simpler login to Google accounts …
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 …
Steven Levy / Backchannel:
On its 20th anniversary, Marissa Mayer talks about turning around Yahoo  —  On Yahoo's 20th Anniversary, its CEO presents a progress report on how she's turning around—and maybe transforming—an Internet icon  —  It is sunset in Sunnyvale, but Marissa Mayer's day is far from over.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Mark Zuckerberg praises carriers at MWC, attempts to allay concerns that Internet.org is a threat to their business  —  Zuckerberg: Carriers will connect the world, not sci-fi  —  Facebook's CEO downplays Google's drone and balloon ideas for broadening Net access, saying it's the carriers …
Kashmir Hill / Fusion:
Open Whisper System's Signal app for encrypted calls gets encrypted texting in version 2.0 for iOS  —  You can now call or text anyone with end-to-end encryption, for free  —  For years, smartphone users have been out of luck if they wanted to call or text everyone in their address books …
Ruth Reader / VentureBeat:
Netflix will launch in New Zealand and Australia on March 24  —  Netflix is announcing that its video streaming services will become available in New Zealand and Australia on March 24, 2015.  —  The service will be available on smart televisions made by Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Philips …
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 …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Mozilla launches 64-bit Firefox Developer Edition for Windows  —  Mozilla today released Firefox Developer Edition 38, which for the first time includes a 64-bit flavor for Windows.  You can download the new version now directly from Mozilla.org.  —  So, what does a 64-bit version of Firefox offer for the user?

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