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February 15, 2013, 7:55 PM

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Facebook Security / Facebook:
Protecting People On Facebook  —  Facebook, like every significant internet service, is frequently targeted by those who want to disrupt or access our data and infrastructure.  As such, we invest heavily in preventing, detecting, and responding to threats that target our infrastructure …
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Facebook computers compromised by zero-day Java exploit  —  Facebook officials said they recently discovered that computers belonging to several of its engineers had been hacked using a zero-day Java attack that installed a collection of previously unseen malware.
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.
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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft is forcing Messenger users over to Skype starting April 8th  —  Microsoft is planning to force existing Windows Live Messengers users to upgrade to Skype from April 8th.  In an effort to phase out its Messenger service, Windows Live Messenger clients will be restricted from signing …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Posterous shuttering for good on April 30th to focus on Twitter, offering data downloads until then  —  Blogging platform Posterous has announced via its company blog that it will be shutting down as of April 30th.  The company was acquired by Twitter just under a year ago.
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 …
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
LinkedIn overhauls its jobs service with a fresh design and better discovery features  —  Finding a job can be difficult.  We've all been there: going onto sites like Craigslist, Monster.com, Yahoo, and LinkedIn.  And while there are certainly open positions out there, finding the one that matches our dream job can be difficult.
Michael Carney / PandoDaily:
FlightCar brings the sharing economy to airport car rentals, launches at SFO with $570k in Seed funding  —  On the scale of frighteningly ambitious startup ideas, taking responsibility of a stranger's car and handing it over to a second stranger is pretty high up there.
Wall Street Journal:
Next Sony PlayStation to Stream Games  —  Sony Corp. is planning to offer technology to stream games to its next videogame console, people familiar with the company's plans say, alongside other enhancements to bolster its position in the market.  —  The new technology, to be unveiled Wednesday along …
More: The Verge
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Dreaded Auto-Play Video Ads Could Be Coming To Facebook, CMO Confirms  —  TV commercials that automatically play could soon hit Facebook's news feed.  This week Facebook CMO David Fischer admitted auto-play video ads might be distracting, but said “I believe there are ways we could do it.”
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.

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