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February 14, 2013, 11:25 AM

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Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
iPhone lockscreen can be bypassed with new iOS 6.1 trick  —  A security flaw in Apple's iOS 6.1 lets anyone bypass your iPhone password lock and access your phone app, view or modify contacts, check your voicemail, and look through your photos (by attempting to add a photo to a contact).
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 …
Businessweek:
A Chinese Hacker's Identity Unmasked  —  Joe Stewart's day starts at 6:30 a.m. in Myrtle Beach, S.C., with a peanut butter sandwich, a sugar-free Red Bull, and 50,000 or so pieces of malware waiting in his e-mail in-box.  Stewart, 42, is the director of malware research at Dell SecureWorks …
More: The VergeTweets: @rorihuela
Brian Klug / AnandTech:
Nexus 4 JDQ39 4.2.2 OTA Update Removes Unofficial LTE on Band 4  —  Just after it launched, we discussed how the Nexus 4 included undocumented support for LTE on Band 4 (AWS) which could be enabled simply by choosing the appropriate RAT (Radio Access Technology) under Phone Info (by dialing *#*#4636#*#* - INFO).
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Thanks, Adobe.  Protection for critical zero-day exploit not on by default  —  The recently discovered zero-day attacks targeting critical vulnerabilities in Adobe's ubiquitous Reader application are able to bypass recently added security defenses unless end users manually make changes to default settings, company officials said.
Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review:
Welcome to the Malware-Industrial Complex  —  The U.S. government is developing new computer weapons and driving a black market in “zero-day” bugs.  The result could be a more dangerous Web for everyone.  —  Why It Matters  —  Governments, contractors, and researchers are developing cyber-weapons …
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
Sweden boasts the world's fastest 4G speeds; US ranks a lowly 8th  —  Sweden was the first country to launch an LTE network, and it retains plenty of bragging rights.  According to a study by U.K. network-testing firm OpenSignal, Sweden has the fastest 4G networks in the world, averaging download speeds of 22.1 Mbps.
Emily Maltby / Wall Street Journal:
A New Push for Entrepreneur Visas  —  Rutul Davé, a native of India, had an H1-B visa, which tied him to a specific firm.  He couldn't start his own U.S. company until he got a green card.  —  Fabien Beckers of San Francisco is one of dozens of entrepreneurs traveling to Washington …
More: Forbes
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Apple says a fix is coming for iOS 6.1 Exchange bug  —  After an issue with Exchange syncing led Microsoft to suggest IT administrators block iOS 6.1 devices, Apple says it has identified the problem.  The company updated its support page to say that the fix will come in an upcoming software update …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Nvidia CEO: ‘I believe in tablets wholeheartedly,’ but smartphones will take a little longer  —  Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang sure loves his slates.  “Yes, I believe in tablets.  I believe in tablets wholeheartedly,” he told investors this afternoon.  The company co-founder has good reason to say so …
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
Google engineers found over half the bugs in Microsoft's latest security update  —  32 of 57 vulnerabilities identified in this month's massive update were reported by researchers at the rival company  —  Microsoft is having one of its biggest “Patch Tuesday” monthly security updates ever …
Perry Chen / Kickstarter Blog:
Introducing the Kickstarter App for iPhone and iPod Touch  —  We're excited to announce that the first official Kickstarter app launched in the iTunes Store this morning!  It's available for iPhone and iPod Touch, it's free, and you can download it here.  —  The app is a whole new way to experience Kickstarter.
Bloomberg:
Zuckerberg's Christie Fundraiser Draws Fans, Protesters  —  Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire co- founder of Facebook Inc., welcomed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to his California home, holding his first political fundraiser as demonstrators outside protested the Republican's stance on women's health funding.
BBC:
Spanish scientists develop more accurate sat-nav system  —  Toyota is one of several car manufacturers working on automated vehicles  —  Researchers in Spain have developed a system they say can greatly improve the accuracy of car sat-navs.  —  It combines a conventional global positioning system …
More: uc3m.es and Gizmodo UK
Wall Street Journal:
China's Internet ‘Wall’ Hits Business  —  BEIJING—Fredrik Bergman ran into a problem when a client in Sweden tried to transfer files to his firm's headquarters here: Each time, the firm lost its Web connection for an hour or so.  —  After several weeks of multiple outages a day, he says …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Anti-Piracy Group Rips Off Pirate Bay Website, Faces Lawsuit  —  Finnish anti-piracy group CIAPC, known worldwide for tracking down a 9 year-old “pirate girl” and having her Winnie The Pooh laptop confiscated, launched a controversial campaign yesterday.  —  The group copied The Pirate Bay's design …
More: WebProNews

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