February 18, 2013, 6:45 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.
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.
More: 9to5Mac, ZDNet, TUAW and MacNN
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.
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 …
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 …
Carl Franzen / The Verge:
Sprint switches on LTE in some parts of San Francisco, New York City, and Washington, D.C.  —  Sprint has switched on its 4G LTE network in some pockets of San Francisco, New York City (and other parts of New York State), Washington, D.C. and some “cities in Florida,” including Jacksonville …
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.
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” …
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 …

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