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February 11, 2013, 7:10 PM

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Bill Gates' biggest Microsoft product regret: WinFS  —  Summary: In his first AMA on Reddit, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates calls WinFS the Microsoft product he most wished had made it to market.  —  Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is doing his first-ever Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit on February 11.
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Apple CEO Tim Cook to sit with First Lady Michelle Obama during Tuesday's State of the Union address  —  Once again, Silicon Valley royalty will join First Lady Michelle Obama to watch her husband deliver his State of the Union address Tuesday.  —  Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook will sit in the First Lady's box …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's Surface: Wifi updates, pen improvements, more cover colors in pipeline  —  Summary: More Microsoft Surface RT and Surface Pro questions and a few more answers from sites and spokespeople around the Web.  —  New tidbits about what's coming for Microsoft Surface RT and Pro devices are continuing to trickle out.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple releases iOS 6.1.1 for iPhone 4S which fixes issues that ‘could impact cellular performance’  —  Apple has released an iOS 6.1.1 update for the iPhone 4S, likely in response to issues that some users were reporting with 3G coverage on some European carriers.
Ryan Gallagher / Guardian:
Software that tracks people on social media created by defence firm  —  Exclusive: Raytheon's Riot program mines social network data like a ‘Google for spies’, drawing ire from civil rights groups  —  A multinational security firm has secretly developed software capable of tracking people's movements …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Nexus 4 wireless charging orb finally selling through Google Play for $59.99  —  The elusive Nexus 4 wireless charging orb — one of the most striking features of Google's Android flagship — is finally on sale through Google Play, a few months after the phone's launch.
Ben Martin / Telegraph:
Mike Lynch raises $1bn for technology investment  —  Former Autonomy boss Mike Lynch has raised $1bn through his Invoke Capital fund to invest in fledgling British technology companies.  —  Mike Lynch founded Autonomy and sold it to Hewlett Packard for $10bn in 2011.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Amazon Will Get New CBS Stephen King Series While It's Still on the Air  —  On June 24, CBS starts running “Under the Dome,” a 13-episode miniseries based on a Stephen King novel, produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television.  And on June 28, Amazon Prime customers can begin watching the show online for free.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
After Acquiring 15 Groupon Clones, CrowdSavings Finds a Buyer for Itself  —  Two daily deal companies that are far off the radar are joining forces with Half Off Depot, agreeing to acquire CrowdSavings for $6.4 million in cash and stock.  —  Together, the two will be rebranded as nCrowd, and will be headquartered out of Atlanta.
Taylor Schreiner / Twitter Advertising:
New Compete study: Primary mobile users on Twitter  —  We like to say that Twitter was born mobile.  After all, the 140 character limit of Tweets was based on text messaging or SMS constraints.  That means our platform was actually designed to allow anyone, anywhere to read, write and share Tweets.
Barry Schwartz / Marketing Land:
Flickr Privacy Bug Set Some Private Photos To Public  —  A bug at Flickr caused some people to have their private photos opened to public view over the past three weeks.  Flickr said the bug only impacted a small number of users and only photos uploaded from April to December 2012.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
At Facebook, zero-day exploits, backdoor code bring war games drill to life  —  Early on Halloween morning, members of Facebook's Computer Emergency Response Team received an urgent e-mail from an FBI special agent who regularly briefs them on security matters.
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Yahoo! Pushing Java Version Released in 2008  —  At a time when Apple, Mozilla and other tech giants are taking steps to prevent users from browsing the Web with outdated versions of Java, Yahoo! is pushing many of its users in the other direction: The free tool that it offers users …
BBC:
Facebook sued over ‘like’ button  —  The widow of a Dutch programmer is seeking damages from Facebook over its use of patented technology  —  Facebook is facing legal action over its use of the “like” button and other features of the social network.  —  It is being sued by a patent-holding …
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Nike Pulled The Plug On Its FuelBand Android Companion App In Favor Of iOS And The Web  —  Of all the activity-tracking devices that have been churned out in the past year-and-a-half, Nike's FuelBand has been strapped to my person the longest.  Sadly, the wrist-worn gadget has never been able …
Jim Romenesko:
The Verge considers publishing a print monthly or quarterly  —  Editors of The Verge (a website “covering the intersection of technology, science, art, and culture") might put out a print edition.  —  “It's something we've talked about quite a bit and something we have seriously looked into …
Diana T. Kurylko / AdAge:
BMW Adapts Apple Genius Model in Its Dealerships  —  Automaker to Have Explainers on Sales Floor Nationally in U.S. by 2014 for i3 Electric-Car Launch  —  Inspired by Apple retail stores, BMW is requiring dealers to hire young, tech-savvy employees to handle questions about its vehicles on the showroom floor.
Glyn Moody / ComputerWorld UK:
EU Data Protection: Proposed Amendments Written by US Lobbyists  —  It's becoming clear that the lobbying around the proposed EU directive on Data Protection is some of the most intense ever seen - some activists have said it's even worse than during ACTA, while on the US side there's mutterings …

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