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February 9, 2013, 1:15 PM

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Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Snapchat, a Growing App, Lets You See It, Then You Don't  —  LOS ANGELES — The ephemeral now has value, at least for users of cellphones.  —  More than 60 million photos or messages are sent each day through an app called Snapchat and then, after they are viewed for a few seconds, the missives vanish.
Billy Gallagher / TechCrunch:
Snapchat Raises $13.5M Series A Led By Benchmark, Now Sees 60M Snaps Sent Per Day  —  Snapchat, the impermanent messaging app that won “Fastest Rising Startup” at the 2012 Crunchies, has finalized a $13.5 million Series A round led by Benchmark's Mitch Lasky.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Justine Sharrock / BuzzFeed:
How Facebook, A Pixar Artist, And Charles Darwin Are Reinventing The Emoticon  —  What comes after the smiley?  Facebook is trying to find out.  —  Facebook wants an awful lot from its emoticons: They should be able to convey complex emotions, for example, like contemplation, admiration …
More: The Verge and GizmodoTweets: @jonezee99
David Meyer / GigaOM:
Not so fast: Budget cut wipes out €7bn European broadband fund  —  The European Union has just agreed on its budget for the years 2014-2020, and it's the first time that budget has actually been cut.  Unfortunately for European broadband projects that were counting on money from a €7 billion …
More: Quartz
Clay Shirky / The Awl:
Your Massively Open Offline College Is Broken  —  I wrote a thing last fall about massive open online courses (MOOCs, in the parlance), and the challenge that free or cheap online classes pose to business as usual in higher ed. In that piece, I compared the people running colleges today …
More: TED Blog and SalonTweets: @ryantate
Kevin Bostic / AppleInsider:
Home Depot abandoning BlackBerry platform in favor of Apple's iPhone and iOS  —  EXCLUSIVE: Home improvement retailer Home Depot plans to replace thousands of BlackBerry smartphones issued to its managerial and corporate staffers with versions of Apple's iPhone 4S, AppleInsider has learned.
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Google's Schmidt to sell roughly 42 percent of stake  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is selling roughly 42 percent of his stake in the Internet search company over the coming year, Google announced on Friday.  —  Schmidt will sell 3.2 million shares of Class …

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