This Week's Top 5 Global Tech Stories

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A Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy Round smartphone in Seoul, South Korea.

Facing slower demand for its smartphones, Samsung Electronics plans to release a new device with a larger 5.2-inch screen and sharper display than the current Galaxy S4, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

The new phone, with an improved battery and camera, will be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona.

Samsung is adding features to the latest version of its most-popular device as it tries to fight stalling growth for premium smartphones, new models from Apple and a plethora of Chinese competitors selling devices for as little as $100. This story, by Bloomberg's Jungah Lee, was this week's most popular Global Tech article.

Here are the other top reads:

Copycat 'Mario' Lures Users as Nintendo Resists Phones

Nintendo isn’t offering Super Mario games on smartphones, but other people are. A game called “Super Mario” was available to download on Baidu’s 91 Wireless online application store in China and was available on Samsung Electronics’s China app store.

'Candy Crush' Maker King Files IPO With Listing in New York

King Digital Entertainment, the Dublin-based maker of popular smartphone games including “Candy Crush Saga” and “Pet Rescue Saga,” is beginning an adventure of its own on a path to becoming a public company via the New York Stock Exchange.

Rakuten Drops on $900 Million Deal to Buy Viber Message App

Rakuten, the Japanese online retailer controlled by billionaire Hiroshi Mikitani, plummeted in Tokyo trading after announcing it will buy the Viber Internet messaging and calling service for $900 million. The deal came days before Facebook announced its $19 billion purchase of mobile-messaging startup WhatsApp.

Apple Drags Russia's Mobile Carriers Into the iPhone Era

After years of wooing, Russian mobile carriers are finally coming around to the iPhone — not that they have much choice. Apple has been going around the phone companies, which have been reluctant to carry the devices, by distributing iPhones through electronics stores.

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