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February 15, 2013, 2:20 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Skype Video Messages launches for Mac, iPhone, and Android (hands-on)  —  Microsoft is launching a new Video Messages feature for Skype this week.  The company has been working on the feature for a number of months, having previously revealed it a little early, and it debuts on iOS, Android, and Mac.
BBC:
Jonathan Ive gets gold Blue Peter badge  —  Sir Jonathan Ive was presented with the award by Blue Presenter Barney Harwood  —  The BBC's Blue Peter programme has honoured Apple's design chief Sir Jonathan Ive with its highest accolade - a gold Blue Peter badge.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Fall TV Lineup May Include Apple Dominating Gaming  —  What I'm about to say is undoubtedly going to piss some of you off.  And that's fine.  Because in a few years, I'll be right and you'll look silly.  —  While everyone is focused on the next generation video game consoles from Nintendo …
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).
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Judge allows case over HuffPo ownership to go forward, adds fraud claim  —  In a major development in the bitter court fight over the founding of the Huffington Post, a New York judge has for the second time refused the request of media moguls Arianna Huffington and Ken Lerer to dismiss the case.
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.
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 …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Does Apple really assign engineers to “fake” projects as a loyalty test?  —  “Apple Makes New Employees Work on Fake Products Until Apple Can Trust Them”, blared a headline—and many others like it—last January.  In the Apple-watching world, it has since become common wisdom that the company assigns …
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Touch-based Ubuntu preview coming February 21st, will work on Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4  —  It's not like we didn't have ample warning, so by now anyone wanting to try out the new Ubuntu smartphone OS should have gotten hold of a Galaxy Nexus to be their test device.  Still don't have one?
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
The Science of Investing: Hearst's New Venture Arm in $30 Million Funding Deal With Los Angeles Tech Studio  —  Hearst Ventures, the investment arm of media giant Hearst Corporation, said it was making a minority equity investment in Science, the Los Angeles area tech “studio.”
Nicole Lee / Engadget:
US Cellular to spread its LTE wings to 87 percent of customers by year's end  —  While it's only the nation's eighth largest carrier, US Cellular is said to be well on its way to covering 87 percent of its customer base — that's more than 3,800 additional cities and towns — with the sweet speed of LTE by the end of 2013.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Amazon Web Services opens up Redshift, lands partners  —  Summary: Redshift aims to capture some of the data warehousing market via managed services, lower costs and automated tasks such as provisioning and configuring.  —  Amazon Web Services said Friday that its Redshift data warehouse …
Mike Thompson / Inside Social Games:
Breaking: EA and Zynga reach settlement in lawsuit surrounding The Ville  —  Inside Social Games has learned that Zynga and Electronic Arts have reached a settlement and are moving to dismiss the lawsuit that was filed last summer surrounding The Ville.  The decision is now in the court's hands.
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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.
Michael Zhang / PetaPixel:
Source Code for Original 1990 Version of Adobe Photoshop Released  —  Starting today, you can download a free and legal copy of Photoshop.  That's right — free and legal.  There's a catch, though: it's the original 1.0.1 version of the program that was released back in 1990.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple to address security issues in iOS 6.1.2 update in the next week or so  —  According to a report from German language blog iFun, Apple is preparing to release iOS 6.1.2 early next week to address the much talked about Microsoft Exchange bug and passcode vulnerability.
Loek Essers / ITworld.com:
Facebook can stick with its real name policy for now, German court rules  —  It is the first step in a litigation process that can take years, the regulator said  —  Facebook can stick with its real name policy in Germany, and doesn't have to allow nicknames on its platform for now.
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 …
Mercury News:
Xoom pays off for PayPal Mafia, sets $100 million IPO  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Online payments company Xoom will receive a large payment of its own in its initial public offering, deciding Thursday to push its price higher and bring in $100 million.  —  Xoom, a startup that helps people transfer …

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