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February 19, 2013, 11:00 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 …
Brian Klug / AnandTech:
Hands on and Impressions from the HTC One - Formerly M7  —  HTC is in an interesting position as a result of this last product cycle.  While the previous HTC One series' industrial design and performance was top notch, other OEMs still managed to eclipse the One series in terms of market adoption and consumer perception.
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
HTC One unveiled: 4.7-inch 1080p display, 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600, UltraPixel camera, Android 4.1.2 with Sense 5  —  Despite the abundant fanfare and critical acclaim, HTC's One X just couldn't quite mark the spot in 2012.  No wonder, then, that the company's lopped off that extraneous letter …
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.
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:
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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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.
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 …
AnandTech:
NVIDIA Announces Tegra 4i, Formerly Project Grey, With Integrated LTE and Phoenix Reference Design  —  It has been a while since we've heard anything about Project Grey, the first NVIDIA SoC with an integrated digital baseband, and the result of NVIDIA's acquisition of soft-modem manufacturer Icera.
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,” …
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 …
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.
C. Custer / Tech in Asia:
A Shocking Expose of China's Black PR Industry Implicates Government Officials, is Quickly Deleted from the Web  —  Almost everyone knows about the public relations industry, but fewer people know about what in China is referred to as Black PR, the underground internet industry that has evolved with the spread of web 2.0 through China.
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 …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Taboola Raises $15 Million So It Can Suggest More Stories You Might Click On  —  Content recommendation service Taboola tells Web surfers where to go, 1.5 billion times a day.  And it thinks that activity could turn into a really big business one day.  —  Hence the company's new $15 million round …

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