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February 19, 2013, 9:55 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 …
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 …
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 …
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,” …
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.
Jason Inofuentes / AnandTech:
HTC NYC Event: Live Blog  —  Join us right here at 10AM EST today as we live blog HTC's big NYC event.  We'll hopefully find out what HTC's got under wraps.  Afterwards stay tuned for our hands-on and more details as we get them.  —  mage courtesy of HTCGlobal on Instagram
More: Engadget and The Verge
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Works on Launching Retail Stores  —  U.S. Outlets Would Likely Sell Internet Giant's Branded Devices, but Plans Remain Unclear; Studying Apple's Playbook  —  Google Inc. has been developing plans to launch retail stores in the U.S., said people familiar with the matter …
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 …
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.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Amazon introduces lnstant Video links to the IMDb iOS app  —  Amazon has made it easy for users of the IMDb iOS app to go from reading about a film to watching it, after it added Amazon Instant Video links to the app for the movie database that it bought in 2008.
More: MacRumors
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.
Chris O'Brien / Los Angeles Times:
Samsung embarking on an aggressive expansion in Silicon Valley  —  South Korean tech giant Samsung's move to broaden its footprint in Silicon Valley signals an escalation of its rivalry with Apple.  —  A rendering shows Samsung's new campus for its semiconductor division in San Jose.
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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 …
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.
More: Forbes
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Fujitsu Finally Enters Europe's Smartphone Market With A Senior-Focused Android Device With France Telecom, Starting In June  —  It was exactly a year ago that news began to surface of Fujitsu's intention to come to Europe with its Android-based smartphones.

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