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February 15, 2013, 10:10 AM

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Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Opera buys mobile video optimization specialist and browser maker Skyfire for up to $155m  —  Opera revealed plans to transition its Web browsers to WebKit this week, and the Norwegian firm is making more moves after announcing the acquisition of Skyfire Labs, a mobile video optimization specialist …
Nick Gray / HTC Source:
Exclusive: HTC One (M7) U.S. retail availability and price revealed  —  Nearly a week and a half ago, we broke the news that HTC would start selling the HTC M7 in Europe on March 8th.  That date was later confirmed by another source, along with a price tag of of €649.99 (roughly $880).
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Google must act quickly on libellous Blogger posts, says appeal court  —  Landmark ruling that tech giant could be liable for comments if it has been notified of them and failed to remove them  —  Google may have to act quicker to remove potentially libellous posts from its Blogger platform following …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Staples executives confirm company will soon sell Apple products in the U.S.  —  In January we reported that Staples appeared set to begin selling Apple products via its U.S. distribution channels.  However, Staples' official comment on this (since 2011) was that Apple would not sell Staples its products for U.S. distribution.
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.
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 …
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 …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Amazon to investigate claims of worker mistreatment at German warehouse  —  Amazon has agreed to look into complaints from staff at one of the online retailer's fulfillment centers in Germany.  The investigation comes after a German TV station aired a documentary that depicted temporary …
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 …
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Livescribe renames Sky smartpen after losing trademark dispute with BSkyB  —  Livescribe v BSkyB was one of the stranger trademark battles we've seen recently, because the two companies operate in such different spheres — one makes smartpens, the other runs TV and internet services.
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.)
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.
Stephanie Flosi / comScore, Inc.:
comScore Releases the “2013 U.S. Digital Future in Focus” Report  —  Report Features Insights on Key Trends from 2012 and What They Mean for the Year Ahead  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a global leader in digital measurement and analytics, today released the 2013 U.S. Digital Future in Focus report.

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