March 4, 2015, 12:20 AM

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JP Mangalindan / Mashable:
Uber acquires mapping startup deCarta  —  Uber, the popular ride-sharing startup, is acquiring the mapping and search startup deCarta for an unspecified amount, Mashable has learned.  —  The deal, which closes later this week, is for DeCarta's technology and talent.
Sean Purcell / Gmail Blog:
Google's updated Contacts blends in contacts' Google+ profile info, simplifies pruning duplicates, shows prior emails and meetings  —  The new Google Contacts: Bringing everyone together  —  From email to Hangouts to a good ol' fashioned phone call, you've got a lot of options to get in touch with someone.
Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
Nvidia announces Shield, a $200 Android TV set-top box and game console with support for 4K video, available in May  —  Shield: NVIDIA's $200 gaming-focused Android TV set-top box  —  Another year, another new Shield device from NVIDIA.  What's Shield?  It's the hardware line from NVIDIA …
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Researchers discover “FREAK” flaw in Google and Apple devices that cripples HTTPS protection and enables man-in-the-middle attacks  —  “FREAK” flaw undermines security for Apple and Google users, researchers discover  —  Technology companies are scrambling to fix a major security flaw …
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Apple to release fix for “FREAK” flaw next week; Google providing patch to partners but rollout timeframe unknown  —  Apple plans fix next week for newly uncovered Freak security bug  —  An Apple Inc (AAPL.O) spokesman said on Tuesday that the company plans to release a fix next week …
Wes Fenlon / PC Gamer:
Valve announces $50 Steam Link streaming box and SteamVR for November release  —  Ahead of its SteamVR demos at GDC 2015 this week, Valve just announced a slew of new Steam-related goodies, including Source 2 and a new product called Steam Link.  —  According to a press release, “Steam Machines …
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Rich Brome / Phone Scoop:
YotaPhone 2 featuring a rear-facing e-ink display to make its US debut this spring via Indiegogo  —  YotaPhone 2 Launching in U.S. via Indiegogo  —  YotaPhone plans to launch its unique dual-screen YotaPhone 2 in the U.S. this spring via crowd-funding site Indiegogo, according to spokesperson Matthew Kelly.
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Sony's new Project Morpheus prototype has 1920 x 1080 OLED display and 120Hz refresh rate, will launch first half of 2016  —  Sony: PS4 gets VR with Project Morpheus in early 2016  —  First major console VR headset set for release in early 2016.  —  SAN FRANCISCO—At a Game Developers …
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Apple beat Samsung for Q4 2014 global smartphone sales, first time since 2011; Samsung led sales for 2014 as a whole  —  Led By iPhone 6, Apple Passed Samsung In Q4 Smartphone Sales, 1.9B Mobiles Sold Overall In 2014  —  If 2014 goes down as the year when smartphone sales globally passed the 1 billion mark …
Zac Bowden / WinBeta:
Windows 10: A closer look at Cortana integration with Spartan (with video)  —  Microsoft's new browser has a unique feature built in... Cortana  —  Microsoft announced back in January that Windows 10 would ship with two browsers, the regular IE11 for backwards compatibility, and Spartan.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Chrome 42 will be the last version to support Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich  —  Google today announced Chrome will be dropping support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS).  This change will go into effect with the release of Chrome 42, the last version for ICS and which is currently slated to arrive in mid-April.

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