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February 14, 2013, 7:10 PM

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John M. Broder / Wheels:
That Tesla Data: What It Says and What It Doesn't  —  The Model S at the Tesla Supercharger in the Interstate 95 service plaza in Milford, Conn.  —  Elon Musk , the chief executive of Tesla Motors, has now responded in detail to the account of my test drive of his Model S electric car …
Patrick George / Jalopnik:
Towing Company: The NYT Tesla Model S Was Dead When It Was On The Flatbed (Update)  —  Among Elon Musk's many rebuttals to the New York Times' failed drive of the Tesla Model S is that the car never fully ran out of battery power, even when it was being towed away on a flatbed truck.
More: Gawker
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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).
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Working on Fix for iOS 6.1 Passcode Hack  —  Looks like the latest version of Apple's iOS mobile operating system brought more than just Siri-enabled movie-ticket purchases and iTunes Match enhancements to the devices on which it runs.  —  A new vulnerability has been discovered …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Ex-BlackBerry co-CEO Jim Balsillie dumps entire stake  —  A year ago, Balsillie owned 26.8 million shares of BlackBerry stock.  Now he's down to zero.  —  Jim Balsillie, the former co-CEO of BlackBerry, sold off his entire stake in the company, according to a regulatory filing.
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Big Plans For CrunchBase  —  CrunchBase has grown like a tree planted in a quiet corner of the yard and left to its own devices.  Today, our free and editable industry database gets 1.5 million unique visitors a month and has had 90,000 users create 105,000 companies and 140,000 individual profiles.
Gina Chon / Quartz:
Dropbox is talking to banks about an IPO later this year  —  Dropbox has been holding meetings with banks about an initial public offering, possibly in the second half of this year, according to sources briefed on the talks.  —  The market has been waiting for its next hot tech IPOs …
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
You can now Bump any files from any device, computer or PC, with a single tap  —  “No one has never said, ‘Boy, I sure do love emailing myself files.’”  —  Truer words were never spoken.  The ones above come from the mouth of Dave Lieb, Bump's CEO.  His app makes it easy to share contact information …
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.
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner: Treat employees like adults, and you won't have leaks  —  With 1 million user “endorsements” and counting, Jeff Weiner explains the secret behind his company's red-hot streak.  (Hint: It has nothing to do with the 3,500 iPads he just gave employees.)
Bill Rigby / Reuters:
No “Plan B” for Microsoft's mobile ambitions: CFO  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp has not made much of a dent in Apple Inc's and Google Inc's domination of mobile computing, but a top executive hinted on Wednesday that it will not stop trying and does not have an alternative strategy.
IDC:
Android and iOS Combine for 91.1% of the Worldwide Smartphone OS Market in 4Q12 and 87.6% for the Year, According to IDC  —  Android and iOS, the number one and number two ranked smartphone operating systems (OS) worldwide, combined for 91.1% of all smartphone shipments during the fourth quarter of 2012 (4Q12).
Aaron Pressman / Reuters:
Big hedge funds fueled Apple's 4th-quarter share plunge  —  Some of the biggest hedge funds that helped make Apple Inc a stock market darling lost faith and dumped their stakes in the fourth quarter, fueling the massive drop in the iPhone maker's share price.
More: BGR
Edwin Chan / Reuters:
Dell CEO agreed to lower shares' value to push $24 billion buyout  —  (Reuters) - Dell Inc Chief Executive Michael Dell, aiming to clinch a $24.4 billion deal to take the No. 3 PC maker private, agreed to value his 16 percent stake in the company at about 2 percent below the price offered …
More: DailyTech
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Angie's List Worth Nearly $1 Billion as Shares Soar 25 Percent  —  Angie's List, the consumer-reviews site that members pay for, is seeing its shares soar and its market cap approach $1 billion this morning, after announcing that it beat analyst expectations in the fourth quarter.
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).
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Releases Shorter 0.5-Meter Lightning to USB Cable, Tweaks In-Ear Headphones  —  Following its move to introduce a shorter Thunderbolt cable last month, Apple has made a similar move in launching a new 0.5-meter Lightning to USB cable.  —  The new cable is half the length …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Skype calls now equivalent to one-third of global phone traffic  —  New research (PDF) from TeleGeography, a telecom market analysis firm, shows that worldwide Skype usage is now equivalent to over one-third of all international phone traffic—a record level.
More: PandoDaily
Jonathan Stempel / Thomson Reuters News …:
Judge throws out Netflix shareholder lawsuit  —  Netflix Inc won the dismissal of a shareholder lawsuit accusing the dominant U.S. video rental and streaming company of inflating its share price by concealing its rising costs, even as insiders like Chief Executive Reed Hastings sold millions of dollars of stock.
Garett Sloane / New York Post:
Venturing out  —  Google grows into a VC power, too  —  Google is close to becoming the top dog in yet another business sector: venture capital.  —  The search giant's 4-year-old financing arm, Google Ventures, has quietly become the country's No. 3 most active venture-capital firm, according to a recent report.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Now You Can Pay To Promote Your Friends' Facebook Posts To More People, Even Without Their Permission  —  Until natural language processing improves, only humans can tell what's important.  So Facebook today starts rolling out the option to pay to promote a friend's posts and get them seen by more people.
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 …
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