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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 …

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Natt Garun / The Next Web: Google launches Player Analytics and custom native ads tools for game developers  —  Appropriately announced at today's Game Developer Conference 2015, Google unveiled updates for developers on its Google Play Games platform, with a focus on more effective audience targeting.

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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 …

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Christian Nutt / Gamasutra: Epic makes Unreal Engine 4 free to download, retains 5% royalty fee on gross revenue  —  Unreal Engine 4 is now free-to-download for everyone  —  One year ago, Epic Games announced that it was transitioning Unreal Engine 4 to a subscription model.  After a successful year of experimenting …

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Kevin C. Tofel / Gigaom: Amid new watches, Android Wear crosses 1M downloads  —  The number of Android Wear downloads has crossed the into the one to five million range on Google Play, suggesting that around one million people are wearing smartwatches powered by Google software.  —  Last month, estimates …

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Napier Lopez / The Next Web: Twitter is blocking Meerkat's auto-tweet feature, stunting the app's recent rapid growth  —  days until TNW Conference Europe.  Join 3,500 people on April 23-24.  —  Napier Lopez  —  Well, that didn't take long.  After a viral growth spurt in its user numbers yesterday …

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Ruth Reader / VentureBeat: PayPal announces NFC-enabled card reader coming to Australia and the U.K. this summer, U.S. later this year  —  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.

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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.

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JC Torres / SlashGear: Jolla's Sailfish OS reaches 2.0, embraces Intel, licensing  —  There comes a time when every child grows up and starts to leave home for his or her own adventures.  For Jolla's own Sailfish OS, that time has come.  In preparation for the upcoming launch of the successfully crowdfunded Jolla …

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Dan Primack / Fortune: Cybersecurity company Veracode files for IPO, plans to go public in May  —  Exclusive: Veracode files for IPO  —  Cybersecurity company Veracode is planning to go public in May, Fortune has learned.  —  The Burlington, Mass.-based company already has filed confidential IPO documents with the SEC …

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Dan Seifert / The Verge: 6" Alcatel Hero 2+ comes with CyanogenMod, octacore Mediatek CPU, available for $299 unlocked in US this spring  —  Alcatel's Hero 2+ will come to the US with Cyanogen OS  —  Today at Mobile World Congress, Cyanogen and Alcatel announced the Hero 2+, a 6-inch smartphone that will come with Cyanogen OS preinstalled.

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Stephen Shankland / CNET: Silent Circle reveals secure Blackphone 2 phone, Blackphone+ tablet  —  The privacy protection company will upgrade its snoop-resistant handset later this year and introduce a tablet, too.  Also new: a push for business customers spooked by Sony hacks.

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code: PayPal to Pay $280 Million for Paydiant, the Startup Behind Walmart's Apple Pay Competitor  —  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 …

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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.

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Android Pay Is Real, And Will Give Developers The Reins As An API  —  Google's Sundar Pichai essentially used today's Mobile World Congress keynote to let the cat out of the bag for a whole host of interesting Google projects, including Android Pay, a new mobile payments framework that will look to succeed where Google Wallet failed.

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Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom: T-Mobile will launch LTE in the Wi-Fi airwaves in 2016  —  T-Mobile came up short compared to Verizon and AT&T in the last 4G spectrum auction, but it looks like it's found another source of airwaves, and these won't cost it anything.  At Mobile World Congress on Monday …

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Matthew Miller / ZDNet: MWC 2015: Cyanogen announces Qualcomm partnership and company rebranding  —  Summary:Cyanogen made a couple of announcements at MWC today.  One is a partnership to reach more people with Cyanogen OS and the other focuses on the company's look.

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Xiaomi Introduces A GoPro-Style Action Camera That Costs Just $64  —  Xiaomi is back with another reminder that it doesn't just make phones.  (Despite dethroning Samsung as China's top smartphone company in 2014.)  Xiaomi's latest device is a GoPro-like camera which, as we've come to expect …

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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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