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February 15, 2013, 5:20 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.
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Facebook in futile attempt to block perverts from Graph Searching for teens  —  Flawed system relies on kids - and adults - being honest about their age  —  Facebook has attempted to flatten fears about perverts using the company's Graph Search function to prey on teenagers on the network …
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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 …
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Google:
To get products into more hands, Google will open its own stores by the end of the year  —  An extremely reliable source has confirmed to us that Google is in the process of building stand-alone retail stores in the U.S. and hopes to have the first flagship Google Stores open for the holidays in major metropolitan areas.
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.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Who needs HP and Dell?  Facebook now designs all its own servers  —  Nearly two years ago, Facebook unveiled what it called the Open Compute Project.  The idea was to share designs for data center hardware like servers, storage, and racks so that companies could build their own equipment instead …
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
Big changes in Office 2013 and Office 365 test Microsoft customers' loyalty  —  Summary: Microsoft's new license terms for retail editions of Office 2013 have received intense scrutiny this week.  But those changes are just part of a much larger story.  Look closely at Office 2013 …
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.
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.”
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.
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 …
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).
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 …

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