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February 11, 2013, 5:20 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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
GoDaddy Buys M.dot, A Mobile Website-Building App, To Push Its Mobile And Freemium Businesses  —  GoDaddy, the web-hosting and domain registration giant, is taking one more step into the world of mobile, and another into offering small businesses a one-stop shop for all of their online activities with a freemium sweetener.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Don Reisinger / CNET:
Dell: Going private is the ‘best’ move for the company  —  The company says that it brought in a “prominent management consultant” to help it determine what to do, and everyone agreed going private was the best move.  —  Despite growing concern from major shareholders, Dell believes its decision to go private is the best one.
More: AllThingsD and Reuters
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.

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Microsoft:
16-year-old uses Windows 8 to reconnect after being sidelined by a rare disorder  —  Ehlers-Danlos syndrome affects Alejandra Tristan's wrist, finger and other joints, making it difficult for her to do schoolwork and connect through social media.
Intel:
Intel Injects Laughter into Mobile Messaging  —  Intel is creating a fun spin on communication with the launch of Pocket Avatars, a new over-the-top (OTT) mobile messaging app developed by Intel Labs technologists.
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