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March 3, 2015, 9:45 AM

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Pebble Reveals Pebble Time Steel And A Smartstrap System Open To Hardware Developers  —  Pebble announced Pebble Time last week, the next-generation version of its Pebble smartwatch, and today it's revealing another new product: Pebble Time Steel.  This is the stainless steel version of the Pebble Time …
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Obama criticizes China's new rules requiring US tech companies to provide backdoor access, says Beijing must change policy if it wants to do business with USA  —  Exclusive: Obama sharply criticizes China's plans for new technology rules  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama …
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Inside Project Loon: Google's internet in the sky is almost open for business  —  “Good news,” says Katelin Jabbari, Google X's communications chief.  “It's about to explode.”  —  We're several hundred feet in the air, inching our way along a wooden walkway tucked high into the rafters …
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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 …
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.
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Lauren Johnson / Adweek:
Interview with Kim Kardashian on her hit game, aspirations in tech, and plans to create more apps  —  After Conquering Reality TV, Kim Kardashian Is Taking the Mobile World By Storm  —  Kim Kardashian West first grabbed our attention in October 2007 with the premiere of E!'s Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Uber launches a quarterly print magazine, Momentum, for drivers in Boston, New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Ohio, and Oklahoma  —  Uber just launched a quarterly print magazine, Momentum  —  Here's something different.  —  Uber, the $41 billion ride hailing company …
Chloe Sorvino / Forbes:
The World's Richest Tech Billionaires: Jack Ma Breaks Through to Top, Google Leaders Slip  —  Want to join the upper crust of the billionaire ranks?  Building a tech company could be your way in: Seven of the world's 15 richest self-made billionaires earned their wealth through a technology business.
Aaron Pressman / Yahoo Tech:
Samsung Pay vs. Apple Pay vs. Android Pay  —  Samsung's new mobile payment system, coming this summer, will work even at the millions of old-fashioned checkout terminals that don't have a wireless connection.  That solves one of the big limitations of Apple's mobile pay system …
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 …
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.
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, a company that helps startups design and manufacture hardware products, has announced that it has purchased …
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 …

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