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February 19, 2013, 1:20 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 …
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Security firm releases screen capture video of alleged Chinese military hackers at work  —  Security firm Mandiant has released a damning report offering unprecedented evidence, including screen capture video, of the actions of an alleged Chinese military-backed hacking group.
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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.
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.
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,” …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
You can download Firefox 19 for Windows, Mac, and Linux right now; official launch tomorrow  —  Firefox 19 for desktop is due to officially launch on Tuesday, with long-anticipated built-in PDF viwer, but the latest version is already available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
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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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 …
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 …
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.
Bloomberg:
Ex-Google China Head With 30 Million Followers Barred From Weibo  —  Lee Kai-fu, the former head of Google Inc.'s China division, said he was banned for three days from posting on local micro-blogging sites, where he has more than 30 million followers.  —  The ban applies to Sina Corp.'s Weibo …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
University of Oxford temporarily blocks Google Docs to halt phishing attacks against students and staff  —  The University of Oxford on Monday announced it had temporarily blocked Google Docs on its campus.  The Oxford University Computer Services department revealed that the service …
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Alibaba's new Aliyun search engine raises the stakes in its feud with Google and Android  —  Chinese ecommerce leader Alibaba has rolled out its own search engine in a move that will likely deepen the animosity between it and Google.  —  Last year, Google took action against Alibaba's Aliyun OS ahead …
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Problems With Precision and Judgment, but Not Integrity, in Tesla Test  —  As promised, I've spent the past several days looking into the reporter John M. Broder's test drive of the celebrated electric car known as the Tesla Model S. The article, which focused on two new “superchargers” …

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