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February 13, 2013, 9:10 AM

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Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Have Team Developing Wristwatch Computer  —  Apple Inc. has a team of about 100 product designers working on a wristwatch-like device that may perform some of the computing tasks now handled by the iPhone and iPad, two people familiar with the company's plans said.
Ryan Block / gdgt blog:
AOL adds gdgt to its Have-list!  —  We've got some big news: we couldn't be more excited to announce that gdgt has been acquired by AOL!  —  As you might recall, last year we started a fruitful partnership with the fine folks at Engadget to provide structured product data to their site.
TechCrunch:
Aol Confirms gdgt Acquisition, Quests For tch blg Domination  —  AOL (owners of TechCrunch) today is taking one more step to build out its content empire: it has officially confirmed the acquisition of technology reviews site gdgt — first reported by TechCrunch nearly two weeks ago.
Jennifer Martinez / The Hill:
Obama signs cybersecurity executive order  —  President Obama on Tuesday signed an executive order aimed at bolstering the cyber defenses of the country's critical infrastructure.  —  The highly anticipated cyber order intends to improve information sharing about cyberthreats between government …
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 …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
HBO to Finally Let Subscribers Stream HBO Go to TV Over AirPlay  —  HBO said on Tuesday that, at long last, its subscribers will be able to stream programming from an iPhone or iPad onto their television via AirPlay.  —  Speaking at our D: Dive Into Media conference on Tuesday …
Nat Brown / iLike.code:
Stupid, Stupid xBox!!  —  I was a founder of the original xBox project at Microsoft and gave it its name.  Almost 14 years after the painful, pointless, and idiotic internal cage-match to get it started and funded, the hard selling of a compelling and lucrative living-room product to Bill …
Amir Efrati / Digits:
Report: Google Search Will Generate $5 Billion From Tablets  —  Google could generate as much as $5 billion in revenue from selling advertisements on its search engine on tablet devices in 2013, according to a new report by Marin Software, one of the top firms that helps advertisers to buy Web-search ads.
Cody Lee / iDownloadBlog.com:
A&E Networks brings its top TV shows to the iPhone for free  —  Great news for all of you Duck Dynasty and Pawn Stars fans, you can now watch your favorite TV shows on your iPhone and iPod touch.  A+E networks has updated 3 of its iOS apps today with full-length episodes and movies.
Quentyn Kennemer / Android Phone Fans:
Box.net giving away free 50GB accounts to new users  —  I'm not sure if you've noticed, but there's been an intense battle for the top crown of the online cloud storage/documents editing space lately.  Dropbox spent a long time with little competition, but have since seen a lot of competition …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Obama administration defends $222,000 file-sharing verdict  —  The Obama Administration has stepped into a long-running file-sharing lawsuit in Minnesota, urging the United States Supreme Court not to get involved in a six-figure verdict against a young mother from Northern Minnesota.
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.
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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Pulse News Reader Dips Its Toes Into Social With New “Highlights” Feature  —  For over two years, Pulse has been providing its over 20 million users with an easy way to read content from blogs and social networks.  While other services like Flipboard and Zite used social updates …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Intel confirms its Internet TV launch this year, complete with set-top box and a camera  —  Erik Huggers, General Manager of Intel Media, has confirmed that the company is, in fact, working on providing television over the internet, and it plans to do so with new consumer hardware …

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