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February 18, 2013, 4:15 PM

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Peter Farago / The Flurry Blog:
China Knocks Off U.S. to Become World's Top Smart Device Market  —  Just days into the Chinese New Year (Year of the “Snake” for anyone keeping track), China has passed the U.S. to become the world's top country for active Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Hacked Burger King account embarrasses brand-friendly Twitter  —  Burger King's Twitter account has been suspended after hackers took it over, announced Burger King had been sold to McDonalds, and performed “shout-outs” to various users while claiming employees had been caught sniffing Percocet in restaurant bathrooms.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Ubuntu teases tablet-related announcement for February 19th  —  Tomorrow's already looking to be a busy day thanks to HTC's big event, but it seems that the company will be sharing the spotlight to some degree.  A timer has appeared on Ubuntu's website today hinting at tablet-related news to be revealed tomorrow.
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Galaxy S IV will ‘definitely’ be announced on March 14th: sources  —  Expect it to take design cues from the Galaxy Note 8.0, which doesn't look like the leaks  —  Earlier today, mobile-review's Eldar Murtazin suggested on Twitter that March 14th would see a “big announcement,” …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Bill Gates calls for more innovation at Microsoft after mobile ‘mistake’  —  In an interview with CBS This Morning, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates has admitted that the software giant didn't nail the mobile market when it had the opportunity.  “There's a lot of things like cellphones …
Jenna Wortham / NYT Bits:
Digital Diary: Are We Suffering From Mobile App Burnout?  —  At last count, I had 259 applications on my iPhone.  —  I probably use 16 regularly — including Google Maps, Messages, Twitter for iPhone and Instagram.  —  When I got my first iPhone in late 2008, I couldn't wait to peruse …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Opera's workforce down 10% due to switch to WebKit; CEO tells us why he thinks that's a good thing  —  Opera Software has ‘lost’ approximately 90 employees, some of them straight-up veterans of the Oslo, Norway-based browser maker, Digi.no duly reported earlier today (in Norwegian).
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
The Next Apple TV: iWatch  —  Rumors don't actual Apple products make, see the perennial Apple TV — and the latest iWatch rumors.  This is an opportunity to step back, look at Apple's one and only love -personal computers — and use this thought to sift through rumors.

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