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February 16, 2013, 9:50 AM

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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.
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 …
Paul Marks / New Scientist:
The computer that never crashes  —  A revolutionary new computer based on the apparent chaos of nature can reprogram itself if it finds a fault  —  OUT of chaos, comes order.  A computer that mimics the apparent randomness found in nature can instantly recover from crashes by repairing corrupted data.
Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review:
How Nest's Control Freaks Reinvented the Thermostat  —  Two men who created the iPod and iPhone founded Nest and injected new technology into the humble thermostat.  Now they have their sights on the rest of your house.  —  With computing and design savvy, Matt Rogers (left) …
More: MacDailyNewsTweets: @nestThanks:@tsimonite
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
You're not gonna Like it: Facebook's new search struggles with the real world  —  Mark Zuckerberg needs to rethink Likes before Graph Search can shine  —  One week ago, I received a Facebook message from my friend David.  “SUPER random question, but do you know a girl from Michigan whose name is Lauren and lives in Boston?” he asked.
More: Digits
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
The ‘Preserving American Privacy Act’ would ban weaponizing of drones, warrantless use  —  The newly introduced Preserving American Privacy Act (PAPA) in the House is a bill designed to constrain the usage of invasive drone technology, and to prevent the weaponization of the tools, known officially as ‘unmanned aircraft systems.’
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Dreaded Auto-Play Video Ads Could Be Coming To Facebook, VP Confirms  —  TV commercials that automatically play could soon hit Facebook's news feed.  This week Facebook VP of Business David Fischer admitted auto-play video ads might be distracting, but said “I believe there are ways we could do it.”
Chris Burritt / Bloomberg:
Best Buy Makes Price Match Permanent to Win Back Clients  —  Best Buy Co. will make permanent its holiday price-matching policy to get shoppers to stop using its stores for scouting products they later buy online elsewhere.  —  The year-round policy, designed to end the practice known as …
More: BBY and The Verge
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 …
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.

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