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February 19, 2013, 9:05 AM

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New York Times:
Chinese Army Unit Is Seen as Tied to Hacking Against U.S.  —  On the outskirts of Shanghai, in a run-down neighborhood dominated by a 12-story white office tower, sits a People's Liberation Army base for China's growing corps of cyberwarriors.  —  The building off Datong Road …
Associated Press:
China calls US hacking allegations ‘groundless’  —  BEIJING (AP) — China has dismissed as “groundless” detailed allegations pointing to a Chinese military unit in Shanghai as the source of massive computer hacking of U.S. targets.  —  Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei was responding …
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David Law / The Microsoft Office Blog:
Outlook.com leaves preview as the world's fastest growing email service going from 0 to 60 million in just 6 months  —  Last summer, we released a preview of Outlook.com, a new modern email service from Microsoft.  Since then, we've been humbled by the fast pace of adoption …
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Outlook.com exits preview with 60 million active users, Hotmail UI to be retired this summer  —  It's been so long since Microsoft launched Outlook.com that we forgot it was technically in preview mode.  Well, that ended today, at 12:01AM ET on the dot.  The company just announced …
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,” …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft quietly raises prices of Mac Office by up to 17%  —  Dumps multi-license packages, all to make Office 365's subscription pricing more attractive  —  Microsoft has quietly raised prices of Office for the Mac as much as 17% and stopped selling multi-license packages of the application suite.
Joseph Stromberg / Surprising Science:
Any Two Pages on the Web Are Connected By 19 Clicks or Less  —  The Opte Project creates visualizations of the 14 billion pages that make up the network of the web.  Image via Opte Project  —  No one knows for sure how many individual pages are on the web, but right now, it's estimated that there are more than 14 billion.
Steve Lohr / NYT Bits:
Software Assistants for Doctors Are Making Progress  —  Doctors have long been in the high-stakes information management business.  They must quickly sort through a patient's symptoms, comments, test results, records and history to come up with a diagnosis.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: In Yet Another Internal Hire, Yahoo's Mayer Makes Mann Search Head  —  Longtime Yahoo techie Laurence “Laurie” Mann, who has recently been SVP of engineering operations at the Silicon Valley Internet giant, has been given the new job of heading its search efforts, according to sources inside the company.
Tim Carmody / The Verge:
Why Intel could be the company to finally crack internet TV  —  Everyone else has tried, now it's the chipmaker's turn  —  Intel?  Really?  There were rumors and reports for months that Intel was mounting a play for internet TV, but there was always an element of implausibility to them.
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Antonio Regalado / MIT Technology Review:
Miguel Nicolelis Says the Brain is Not Computable, Bashes Kurzweil's Singularity  —  A leading neuroscientist says Kurzweil's Singularity isn't going to happen.  Instead, humans will assimilate machines.  —  Miguel Nicolelis, a top neuroscientist at Duke University, says computers …
More: The Verge
Associated Press:
Burger King Twitter account back up after Monday afternoon hacking; company apologizes  —  Associated Press - This frame grab taken Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, shows what appears to be Burger King's Twitter account after it was apparently hacked.  Starting just after noon Eastern time on Monday …
Lee Hutchinson / Ars Technica:
Dell's Linux Ultrabook gets more pixels, European availability  —  We last reported on Dell's Ubuntu-powered XPS-13 Developer Edition at the tail end of November 2012, when the laptop was released.  Comments from the Ars community on the device were generally positive, though …
Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:
Google looks to cut funds to illegal sites  —  Google is in discussions with payment companies including Visa, Mastercard and PayPal to put illegal download websites out of existence by cutting off their funding.  —  If Google goes ahead with the radical move, it would not mark …
Brittany Darwell / Inside Facebook:
Facebook tests new version of Offers to increase conversions, give users control when they share with friends  —  Facebook is testing a new version of its Offers product, which gives users the option to shop immediately or get a reminder before the promotion ends.
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.

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Microsoft:
Kinect SDK 2.0 and new adapter kit now available  —  Read more from Technical Fellow Alex Kipman about the next chapter for Kinect.
Zoho:
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