March 4, 2015, 4:05 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.
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 …
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 …
Philip Kollar / Polygon:
Valve announces Source 2 engine, free for developers  —  Valve has just revealed Source 2, a new, more powerful game engine, at Game Developers Conference 2015.  —  The Source 2 engine is a successor to the original Source engine, which debuted in June 2004 with the launch of Counter-Strike: Source.
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 …
Shalene Gupta / Fortune:
John Doerr testifies in Kleiner trial, suggests he wanted to keep Ellen Pao until she sued  —  Top venture capitalist soured on employee around time she filed sex bias case  —  A top Silicon Valley venture capitalist testified Tuesday that he initially fought his partners to keep a female employee they thought wasn't up to the job.
Nathan Eddy / eWeek:
YouMail Secures $5.5 Million Through JOBS Act  —  YouMail announced it has completed a $5.5 million series B round of funding, which it plans to use to expand its base of more than 6.5 million registered users.  —  YouMail raised the funding in February as a private placement …
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.
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 …
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Netflix strikes deal with Australia's iiNet ISP for exemption from data caps, conflicting with the company's stance on net neutrality  —  Is Netflix's commitment to net neutrality a lie?  —  Netflix announced yesterday that it would be coming to Australia and New Zealand on March 24th …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD teams up with Oculus on LiquidVR technologies for virtual reality  —  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!
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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