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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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Vlad Savov / The Verge: HTC announces Grip, its first wearable fitness tracker  —  The wait for HTC's first wearable device has come to an end.  However, instead of the expected Android Wear smartwatch, we're getting a GPS-enabled fitness tracker by the name of Grip.  This is also the first product of HTC's partnership …

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Quentyn Kennemer / Phandroid: HTC announces One M9: 5" 1080p display, 20MP camera, Snapdragon 810 CPU, available mid-March  —  HTC has officially unveiled the HTC One M9  —  Talk about the HTC One M9 at AndroidForums.com!  —  It's finally happened, folks — HTC has officially unveiled the HTC One M9.

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Ben Woods / The Next Web: ZTE launches Grand S3 with 5.5″ 1080p display and Eyeprint ID biometric security  —  ZTE has today lifted the lid on its latest flagship handset to hit the market, and this time around it comes with an upgraded screen and better camera capabilities.  —  Key specs of the device include …

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Rita El Khoury / Android Police: IKEA Will Start Selling Qi Wireless Charging-Enabled Furniture In April 2015  —  The collection, which is designed by David Wahl, employs the most common standard, Qi.  If your Android device has wireless charging built-in, like the LG G3, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and dozens of others, chances are it uses Qi.

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CNET: Huawei Watch unveiled at MWC, first Android Wear watch with a sapphire crystal display  —  Huawei on Sunday announced a new premium Android Wear watch at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  The Huawei Watch is the first Android Wear watch that features a scratch-proof sapphire crystal display.

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Agam Shah / PC World: Acer's low-cost Windows Phone will be upgradeable to Windows 10  —  Acer is getting a head-start on Windows 10, releasing a new smartphone that comes with Windows Phone 8.1 but which it promises will be upgradeable to the new OS when it arrives later this year.

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Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes: How hackers used rogue Tor exit relays to steal Bitcoin and rob Blockchain.info  —  How Hackers Abused Tor To Rob Blockchain, Steal Bitcoin, Target Private Email And Get Away With It  —  Across October and November of last year, some unlucky users of the world's most popular Bitcoin wallet …

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Aaron Souppouris / Engadget: Acer announces €79 fitness tracker Liquid Leap+ with 1" OLED touchscreen and changeable straps, compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows Phone  —  Acer wants to sell you a touchscreen fitness tracker for less than $90  —  This is Acer's latest play for your wrist, the Liquid Leap+.

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Ben Woods / The Next Web: Huawei launches Talkband B2 activity tracker and N1 earbud hybrid  —  Huawei has today announced two new wearable devices, the B2 and N1, just ahead of the start of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  —  The B2 is the successor to last year's B1 activity tracker, and comes with upgraded functionality and 6-axis tracking.

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Chris Hall / Pocket-lint: Acer Liquid Leap+ fitness band has changeable straps, works with iOS, Android, Windows Phone  —  Acer today announced a new version of its fitness band, the Liquid Leap+.  —  The Leap+ is based around a touchscreen core sitting in a rubber strap.  It can be popped in and out, meaning you can switch straps to get a different colour.

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CNET: Acer's Liquid M220 offers Windows Phone on a budget (hands-on)  —  If you're curious about Windows Phone but don't want to spend much to check it out, Acer's Liquid M220 is an inexpensive option.  And while you're saving money, you're also getting a phone with a bit of personality in the design.

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Sam Byford / The Verge: Hands-on with WebOS-based LG Watch Urbane LTE and Android Wear Watch Urbane smartwatches  —  Our first look at LG's new webOS and Android Wear smartwatches  —  LG has kicked off Mobile World Congress this Sunday morning in Barcelona by showing off its two Watch Urbane smartwatches for the first time.

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Bryan Bishop / The Verge: Dolby dives into virtual reality with Atmos surround sound for VR  —  As the momentum behind virtual reality slowly continues to build we're seeing more traditional movie companies dip their toes into the medium.  Today Dolby is announcing a partnership with Jaunt that will bring …

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Aliya Sternstein / Nextgov: US intelligence community holding a contest to help build software that predicts hacks  —  Spy Research Agency Is Building Psychic Machines to Predict Hacks  —  The Jaguar supercomputer at a Department of Energy lab in Oak Ridge, Tenn. // Oak Ridge National Lab/AP

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Jonathan Libov / Whoops: How innovations in messaging interfaces could fundamentally improve how we interact with computers  —  Futures of text  —  A review of all the current innovation in text as a medium  —  When the weather is bad I take a bus to work.  I'm forever grateful to the person at the bus stop …

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Christian Nutt / Gamasutra: Ngmoco founders pivot N3TWORK from video discovery to mobile game development  —  Neil Young is back in games, chasing the West's ‘Puzzle & Dragons moment’  —  Neil Young is back, and he's bringing the rest of the Ngmoco crew with him on a new game development journey.

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Charles Morris / MSDN Blogs: How Microsoft built a new web rendering engine for Project Spartan and IE on Windows 10  —  A break from the past: the birth of Microsoft's new web rendering engine  —  As we announced last month, Project Spartan will be the new browser across all Windows 10 devices, from phones to tablets, PCs and beyond.

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Ryan Koronowski / ThinkProgress: Google makes largest clean energy investment yet with $300M for SolarCity's residential fund  —  Google Wants To Help You Buy Solar Panels For Your House.  Seriously.  —  If you to want to install solar panels on your roof but haven't yet because it's too expensive, Google really wants to help.

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Kristen V. Brown / San Francisco Chronicle: Apple, Yahoo, eBay, Zynga, Genentech bus drivers vote to unionize  —  Bus drivers who herd employees to and from the offices of Apple, Yahoo, eBay, Zynga and Genentech voted to join the powerful Teamsters union Friday.  —  Shuttle drivers employed by Compass Transportation voted 104-38 …

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Steve Kovach / Business Insider: How Samsung won and then lost the smartphone war  —  In November 2011, Samsung released the first of a series of ads that would define the company for the next three years.  —  It started with a bunch of hipster-looking people waiting outside a mock Apple Store for the next iPhone.

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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch: Tinder Plus Will Launch On Monday  —  Tinder Plus, the dating app's first step into the wonderful world of freemium monetization, will launch on Monday for $9.99, according to sources familiar with the matter.  —  Tinder Plus includes at least one highly requested feature and a few others …

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Kevin Roose / Fusion: How one guy spent $18K on coupon sites to net 100K shares in Jet from its referral competition  —  This guy used an insane get-rich-quick scheme to become a start-up millionaire in three weeks  —  Tech start-ups mint new millionaires every day.  Many of these people are young Stanford …

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