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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.

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Seth Colaner / Tom's Hardware Guide: MediaTek Unveils CrossMount Platform Designed To Make Smartphones, Home Devices Operate As One  —  MediaTek announced a new technology today at Mobile World Congress (MWC) called CrossMount that seeks to become a new standard for simplifying hardware and software sharing between devices.

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Larry Dignan / ZDNet: HP to acquire Aruba Networks in a deal valued at $3B to bolster wireless networking capability  —  HP confirms Aruba Networks purchase, eyes bulked up networking unit  —  Summary:The deal, valued at $3 billion and $2.7 billion net of debt and cash, gives HP more heft to tackle campus networks and wireless technology.

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Stephen Shankland / CNET: Google+ divided into Photos and Streams, with new boss  —  Google's social network gets a new leader in Brad Horowitz, and likely will see the Hangouts communication service stand alone, too.  —  BARCELONA — Google is taking another pass at energizing its Google+ social networking service …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Google's Sundar Pichai: Google's U.S. Mobile Network To Come 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., too.

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Dan Seifert / The Verge: Alcatel's flagship Idol 3 smartphones feature mid-range specs at low cost, will be available unlocked in the US this spring starting at just $200  —  Alcatel's new flagship smartphones have high-end features, low-end prices  —  If you're familiar with the name Alcatel Onetouch at all …

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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch: Livestream's Broadcaster mini is a $295 HDMI dongle capable of streaming 1080p video  —  Livestream Revamps Its Hardware Lineup With Smaller, Cheaper Broadcaster Mini  —  Livestream is planning to make it even easier and more affordable to (you guessed it) livestream video with the launch of a new product called the Broadcaster Mini.

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Dante D'Orazio / The Verge: 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.  Samsung has just caught up with its new Galaxy S6, but in a few months a new technology from Qualcomm will likely best both of them.

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Kyle Orland / Ars Technica: The state of Linux gaming in the SteamOS era  —  After 14 months in beta, where does Valve's new platform push stand?  —  For decades after Linux's early '90s debut, even the hardest of hardcore boosters for the open source operating system had to admit that it couldn't really compete in one important area of software: gaming.

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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 …

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: India's Ola Buys Smaller Rival TaxiForSure For $200M To Put Pressure On Uber  —  Ola, the SoftBank-backed competitor to Uber, has dished out $200 million to buy smaller rival TaxiForSure in what looks like being the first of a number of consolidation moves in India's taxi-hailing space.

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Joe Coin: Bitcoin, not the Blockchain, is the killer app, because Blockchain tech needs Bitcoin to work  —  Crypto 2.0—And Other Misconceptions  —  “It's the Blockchain, not Bitcoin that's the real killer app.”  —  I've been hearing that more and more from prominent tech visionaries.  And it's so incredibly wrong.

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Vlad Savov / The Verge: Sony announces Xperia Z4 tablet with a 10-inch 2K display launching globally in June  —  Sony's VAIO replacement is the ultrathin Xperia Z4 Tablet  —  Announced at Mobile World Congress a year ago, the 10-inch Xperia Z2 Tablet remains one of the thinnest and lightest tablets around …

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Amanda Connolly / The Next Web: Meerkat for iOS lets you live stream video to your Twitter followers  —  No, this is not an app livestreaming meerkats going about their day.  It could be though.  Meerkat for iOS lets you live stream video on Twitter in one click.  —  Once you've downloaded the app and found your good side …

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Nathan Schneider / The New Republic: How Small Bitcoin Miners Lose on the Crypto-Currency Boom-Bust Cycle  —  “Mining” is the engine that keeps the Bitcoin network working, but it has swelled into a resource-hungry, capital-intensive, centralized syndicate.  Is the Internet's native currency worth all the effort?

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Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times: Netherlands' NXP Semiconductors to acquire Austin-based chip maker Freescale in an $11.8B deal  —  Chip Makers Will Merge in Deal Worth $11.8 Billion  —  NXP Semiconductors said on Sunday that it would buy a smaller peer, Freescale Semiconductor, in an $11.8 billion deal that would create …

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Nicole Lee / Engadget: Lenovo launches sub-$200 tablets, Android-based Tab 2 A8 and A10, and Windows-based MIIX 300  —  Lenovo rolls out new sub-$200 tablets, two with Dolby Atmos  —  Lenovo might still be a little sore from the Superfish scandal that recently rocked its PC division, but thankfully the company's mobile arm has remained unharmed.

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Washington Post: Why Silicon Valley is the new revolving door for Obama staffers  —  In 2004, when Barack Obama was running for the U.S. Senate, he made his first visit to Google's campus and saw firsthand how a search on the Internet worked.  It left such a strong impression that he returned during …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Sources: social news reader Prismatic on the block, with Microsoft the front runner in buying it; Apple and Yahoo have also expressed serious interest  —  Microsoft Wants To Buy Social News Reader Prismatic  —  Microsoft has been busy snatching up startups to fill out its mobile apps portfolio …

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge: HP's Spectre x360 is a 13-inch Broadwell-powered convertible laptop with up to 12.5 hours of battery life, available today from $899  —  HP's Spectre x360 is a powerful new MacBook Air competitor  —  HP is introducing what it's calling its “most premium” computer yet: the Spectre x360 …

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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.

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Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab: How The Huffington Post, Fusion, Mashable, NPR, Philly.com, and The Verge are using Snapchat  —  Snapchat stories: Here's how 6 news orgs are thinking about the chat app  —  When Sam Sheffer, The Verge's social media editor, launched the site's Snapchat account at the end of July last year, he meant it to be a small-scale experiment.

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Ina Fried / Re/code: BlackBerry plans to expand cross-platform offerings, may license features like its software keyboard and BlackBerry Hub to other device makers  —  BlackBerry Aims to Show Its Software Side in Barcelona  —  BlackBerry CEO John Chen has made a bold promise, saying that the company needs …

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Stephen Shankland / CNET: SanDisk announces 200GB microSD card, 32GB Dual USB Drive with reversible Type-C connector, 128GB iXpand Flash Drive with Lightning connector  —  SanDisk bets smartphone crowd wants more flash storage  —  The flash memory specialist announces a 200GB microSD card, drives to backup phone photos …

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Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch: Apple's latest ads feature photos from iPhone users, highlighting camera quality  —  Apple Would Like You To Know People Think The iPhone's Camera Is Awesome  —  Apple has never led market share in worldwide phone sales.  Ever.  And yet, the iPhone has held the (according to flickr) title of world's most popular camera for years.

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