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February 14, 2013, 10:15 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 …
Rebecca Greenfield / The Atlantic Wire:
Elon Musk's Data Doesn't Back Up His Claims of New York Times Fakery  —  Elon Musk's long-awaited blog post take-down has arrived with what he claims is the data to prove New York Times John M. Broder reporter committed some sort of journalistic malpractice to run a bad review of the Tesla Model S's range capability.
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
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.
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.
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 …
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.)
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).
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Microsoft's “Scroogled” Campaign Against Gmail Wins 0.002% Of Users  —  It's been a week sine Microsoft went on the attack against Gmail, launching its “Scroogled” campaign portraying Gmail as a privacy monster that reads your emails for ad targeting purposes.  How's that been working out?
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Iceland Wants to Ban Internet Porn  —  “If we can send a man to the moon, we must be able to tackle porn on the internet.”  Those are the now immortal words of Halla Gunnarsdóttir, the political advisor to Iceland's Interior Minister Ögmundur Jónasson.  Iceland wants to block all internet porn.
Facebook:
How Graph Search Works for Young People  —  We recently we announced the limited preview of Graph Search, a privacy aware enhancement to our existing search tool that helps people discover people, places, photos, and other interests that have already been shared with you on Facebook.
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.
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Big Plans For CrunchBase  —  CrunchBase has grown like a tree planted in a quiet corner of the yard and left to do its thing.  Six years in, 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.
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 …
Patrick Clark / Betabeat:
Not So Fast!  Black Car Industry Files Injunction One Day Before NYC Taxi App (UPDATE)  —  A pilot program for smartphone apps that would allow New Yorkers to hail yellow cabs at the press of a button may be delayed by a court injunction filed today by organizations representing the black car industry.
More: The Verge
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
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.
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.
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.

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