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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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Felix Salmon / Fusion: Disadvantages of staying private for tech companies: difficulty raising additional capital, onerous liquidation preferences  —  Why staying private sucks, if you're a tech company  —  Three years ago, I wrote a feature for Wired under the headline “For High Tech Companies, Going Public Sucks.”

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Dan Seifert / The Verge: Hands-on with Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge: design prioritized over waterproofing, removable batteries, and superfluous software features  —  Samsung's new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge put design first  —  Following countless leaks and endless teasers, Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones.

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Sarah Mitroff / CNET: Withings' Activite and Activite Pop watches are now Android-friendly  —  Starting March 2, you'll be able to connect a Withings Activite or Activite Pop watch to an Android phone or tablet.  —  Withings' stylish fitness trackers, the Activite and the Activite Pop, can now sync with Android phones …

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Timothy B. Lee / Vox: The self-driving car market will be huge, and incumbent car makers will struggle to compete with tech companies  —  Why Silicon Valley has a chance to dominate the auto industry  —  A 1985 article in the New York Times wondered what had happened to the fad of laptop computers, which had …

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Samsung bundles Microsoft apps on its new Galaxy S6  —  Samsung is bundling at least three Microsoft apps on its new Android-powered Galaxy S6 device.  While the move seems unusual, it comes just weeks after Microsoft and Samsung ended a bitter Android royalties dispute.

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Chris Hall / Pocket-lint: HTC One M9 hands-on: excels in design, improved specs, may look too much like its predecessor  —  HTC One M9: The devil is in the details (hands-on)  —  The HTC One M9 has probably been the most leaked handset in recent history, but it isn't until you have this device in your hand …

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Aaron Souppouris / Engadget: Samsung announces updated Gear VR headset for Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge  —  Samsung's new virtual reality headset works with the Galaxy S6  —  The original Gear VR headset actually made a little headway, even getting picked up by Best Buy.  Its main barrier to entry, aside from its $199 price point …

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Andy Greenberg / Wired: Researchers rate backdoors to cryptographic systems based on effectiveness, detectability, ease of use, and other factors  —  How to Sabotage Encryption Software (And Not Get Caught)  —  In the field of cryptography, a secretly planted “backdoor” that allows eavesdropping on communications is usually a subject of paranoia and dread.

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Samsung Pay Takes On Apple Pay This Summer With LoopPay's MST Tech  —  Samsung has a new mobile payment solution it announced today, though it will require a few more months before it arrives on the new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge smartphones this summer.  It's called Samsung Pay …

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Stephen Shankland / CNET: Mozilla bringing Firefox OS to flip phones and sliders, coming to US via Verizon in 2016  —  Mozilla to open first-world front in Firefox OS war  —  A partnership with Verizon and other carriers is aimed at bringing the browser-based operating system to wealthy countries.

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Meet The New Samsung Galaxy S6 And S6 Edge, Arriving April 10  —  Samsung has indeed revealed its new flagship smartphone today, but there are actually two: The Galaxy S6, and the Galaxy S6 edge.  The company's latest premier smartphones are mostly similar on the inside …

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Brian X. Chen / New York Times: Apple Watch will have low energy Power Reserve mode that will display only time  —  Apple's New Job: Selling a Smartwatch to an Uninterested Public  —  SAN FRANCISCO — For Apple, the hard part — making a smartwatch — is nearly over.  —  Soon it will be time for the harder part …

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Julian Sanchez / Cato Institute: NSA Director fails to understand the dangerous long-term consequences of crypto backdoors in real world software  —  What NSA Director Mike Rogers Doesn't Get About Encryption  —  At a New America Foundation conference on cybersecurity Monday, NSA Director Mike Rogers gave an interview that …

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Mark Scott / New York Times: The Netherlands' two-year-old net neutrality rules provide a good case study for the US  —  Dutch Offer Preview of Net Neutrality  —  THE HAGUE — When Bruno Leenders takes the 50-minute train ride to Amsterdam, he likes to stream blues and funk music through his smartphone.

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Chris Hall / Pocket-lint: HTC partners with Valve to launch Vive VR headset and VR Controllers by the end of this year  —  This is HTC Vive, the Steam VR headset built by HTC and Valve  — Share on Facebook - Tweet about it - Pint It - Share on LinkedIn - Post on Google+ - Share via Email

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