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February 16, 2013, 10:55 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 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Never Had A Big User Data Breach, But May Never Recover When It Does  —  It's not if, but when.  Between crooks, hackers and foreign governments, Facebook probably can't avoid a serious user data breach forever.  When it happens, Facebook may never be able to quiet fears that “personal data isn't safe there.”
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft job postings confirm more about Windows and Windows Phone Blue  —  Summary: A new Microsoft job posting verifies that Windows Blue will include user experience improvements, not just under-the-covers interface tweaks.  Bonus: There's a reference to ‘Windows Phone Blue’ on Microsoft's job site, too.
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.
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
Apple's Podcast Disaster  —  Is the company that basically invented the podcast putting it out to pasture?  —  Apple's podcast app is, without a doubt, the worst iOS app it's ever made.  Others have been poorly received or largely ignored, but this is unprecedented: With nearly 6,000 ratings …
Katia Moskvitch / BBC:
Taiwan Easycard: Risks and rewards of your life on one card  —  Beep, and a smart card gets you on a bus.  —  Beep, and the same card opens your office door.  Beep, and you buy your coffee at a corner shop.  Beep, you pay for parking, open the exit gate.  Beep, check out a library book.  —  Beep.
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) …
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