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February 13, 2013, 4:15 PM

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Apple:
Apple Updates Processors & Prices of MacBook Pro with Retina Display  —  Apple® is making the MacBook Pro® with Retina® display faster and more affordable with updated processors and lower starting prices.  The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display now starts at $1,499 for 128GB of flash …
BBC:
Apple loses Brazilian iPhone trademark ruling  —  Gradiente launched its Android-powered iPhone in Brazil in December  —  Brazilian regulators have ruled that Apple does not have exclusive rights to use the “iPhone” trademark in the country.  —  The decision is the result of a local company …
Opera Press Room:
Opera gears up at 300 million users  —  Opera Software today announced reaching the milestone of 300 million monthly users across all its browser products on phones, tablets, TVs and computers.  —  “300 million marks the first lap, but the race goes on,” says Lars Boilesen, CEO of Opera Software.
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales Declined 1.7 Percent in 2012  —  Huawei Reached No. 3 Spot in Worldwide Smartphone Sales Ranking  —  Apple and Samsung Increased Share to Control 52 Percent of Worldwide Smartphone Sales  —  Worldwide mobile phone sales to end users totaled 1.75 billion units …
The White House:
Executive Order — Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1.  Policy.  Repeated cyber intrusions into critical infrastructure demonstrate …
iFixit:
Microsoft Surface Pro Teardown  —  It's a laptop!  It's a tablet!  It's a lablet!  It's...it's...Microsoft's Surface Windows 8 Pro, and it's about to go down on the teardown table.  Want more super gadget gutting?  Follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.
Declan Butler / Nature:
When Google got flu wrong  —  US outbreak foxes a leading web-based method for tracking seasonal flu.  —  When influenza hit early and hard in the United States this year, it quietly claimed an unacknowledged victim: one of the cutting-edge techniques being used to monitor the outbreak.
More: Search Engine LandTweets: @ebellm
Wayne Chang / Crashlytics Blog:
Crashlytics Enterprise Is Now Free  —  Crashlytics gives mobile app developers insight into their apps' performance, so you can pinpoint and fix issues quickly and easily.  In addition to the main Crashlytics product, we've also offered Crashlytics Enterprise, which we introduced …
Nate Raymond / Reuters:
Another investor sues Apple, taking a page from Einhorn playbook  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Wednesday was hit by another shareholder lawsuit, a case that is similar to the court challenge that star hedge fund manager David Einhorn brought as part of his push to unlock the company's cash hoard.
More: CNET
Liam Tung / ZDNet:
Don't open that PDF: There's an Adobe Reader zero-day on the loose  —  Summary: After Java and Flash, now PDF Reader is under attack, with one security firm warning Reader users to avoid PDFs.  —  Liam Tung  —  Security researchers are warning users not to open PDFs from unknown sources …
Taylor Wimberly / ReadWrite:
HP To Adopt Android For Upcoming Mobile Devices  —  Having failed to carve out a place for itself in the post-PC era, Hewlett-Packard is now taking drastic measures — by adopting Google's Android operating system to run a series of upcoming mobile devices.  —  It's a bit of a Hail Mary pass for HP …
Andrew Longstreth / Reuters:
High stakes if Apple e-books antitrust case goes to trial in U.S  —  (Reuters) - As the only remaining defendant in the U.S. government's e-books antitrust case, Apple Inc appears headed for a high-stakes trial that could significantly increase the personal computer company's liability in related litigation.
Dan Levine / Thomson Reuters News and Insight Legal:
Oracle vs Google legal war begins a new chapter  —  Oracle says a U.S. judge erred when he threw out its billion-dollar copyright claim against Google over parts of the Java programming language that Google incorporated into the Android mobile platform, according to a court filing.
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Google Search for Android updated with Google Now widget, Fandango movie passes, and more  —  The existence of a Google Now widget was leaked on the official Nexus support pages just days ago, and now a new version of Google Search has been released that adds the feature and quite a bit more.
Brian Donohue / threatpost:
DARPA, FIDO Alliance Join Race to Replace Passwords  —  Nearly everyone agrees that passwords are the bane of Internet security.  For years, industry thinkers have somewhat vaguely referenced the need for Internet fingerprints capable of reliably verifing identities online.

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Microsoft:
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