Google says it didn't bid for WhatsApp; Apple reveals security behind Touch ID

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> This could be an early look at Motorola's planned smart watch. Article

> Google did not bid for WhatsApp, according to Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai. Article

> Apple shared some information around how Touch ID and its Secure Enclave keeps information private. Article

> Skype began letting new users signing up on to register with a Microsoft account (in addition to a Facebook account). Article

> Hands-on with the Tizen OS. Article

> Despite the fact that Nook revenues fell 50 percent in Barnes & Noble's last quarter, it plans to release another color tablet this year. Article

> Sony Electronics said it will eliminate one-third of its staff this year, or 1,000 employees, and will also close 20 U.S. stores. Article

> IBM will host a Watson Mobile Developer Challenge to find the best ideas for mobile apps that can take advantage of Watson's cognitive computing capabilities. Article

WirelessTech News

> Attendees at this year's Mobile World Congress were treated to a plethora of announcements and discussions regarding all varieties of network virtualization, so much so that the show seems to have morphed into the Virtual World Congress even if it is not rebranded as such. Editor's Corner

> Ruckus CEO Selina Lo touted "Wi-Fi as a service" to make headway in a land grab for sites. Article

> The Small Cell Forum continued its educational program for operators with the third release in an ongoing series, this one focused on deploying the diminutive base stations in outdoor urban areas. Article

European Wireless News

> Telefónica unveiled a new organizational structure that will see the elimination of its Digital brand, the creation of a new chief commercial digital officer, and the integration of its European, Latin American and digital units into the global corporate group. Article

> E-Plus revealed that Chinese vendor ZTE is handling the deployment and operation of its network, in an extension of existing dealings between the two companies. Article

> Bouygues Telecom has launched the latest salvo in the French market, introducing a low-cost fixed line package for €19.99 ($27.46) that the operator sells in combination with its mobile plans. Article

And finally... The Dalai Lama has joined Instagram. Article