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February 19, 2013, 7:55 PM

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Reuters:
Apple, Mac computers hit by hackers who targeted Facebook  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc was recently attacked by hackers who infected the Macintosh computers of some employees, the company said on Tuesday in an unprecedented disclosure that described the widest known cyber attacks against Apple-made computers to date.
Bloomberg:
Malware Attack on Apple Said to Come From Eastern Europe  —  At least 40 companies including Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. were targeted in malware attacks linked to an Eastern European gang of hackers that is trying steal company secrets, two people familiar with the matter said.
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 …
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
US prepares economic countermeasures in light of recent cyberattacks  —  The recent rash of hacking attacks shows no sign of slowing — Apple today announced it had fallen victim to the trend — but the US government is preparing some measures to help address the situation.
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 …
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Ubuntu for tablets revealed with split screen multi-tasking, preview for Nexus slates coming this week  —  Here it is: the fourth and final piece of the Ubuntu puzzle.  We've seen the OS on smartphones, on TVs and of course on desktops, but the tablet version has spent a little longer in its dressing room.
Sam Biddle / Gizmodo:
Exclusive: The Burger King and Jeep Hacker Is Probably This DJ From New England  —  It was just going to be another boring President's Day on the Internet, when along came a spastic, hilarious hacker with a taste for McDonald's, Gucci Mane, and caps lock.  Is a criminal mastermind behind the @BurgerKing (and likely @Jeep) takeover?
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Apple fixes Exchange (but not passcode unlock) bug with iOS 6.1.2  —  iOS 6.1.2 brings a microscopic but important list of changes.  —  Apple has released the promised iOS 6.1.2 update today to fix the Exchange bugs that have been plaguing users since the release of iOS 6.1.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
On Its Way to Going Private, Dell Beats Street's Expectations  —  In what may — or may not — turn out to be its final earnings report as a publicly held company, computing giant Dell just reported profits that beat the expectations of analysts.  —  Dell reported earnings of 40 cents per share …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's Windows Blue may have just hit milestone 1  —  Summary: Alleged screen shots of Windows Blue have hit the Web just as Microsoft is said to have reached the half-way mark in the development of the Windows refresh expected this year.  —  The Windows team at Microsoft just completed …
Robert McMillan / Wired:
Why Amazon Hired a Car Mechanic to Run Its Cloud Empire  —  On a rainy Monday in August 2011, a 10-million-watt transformer exploded in northern Virginia, sending an enormous voltage spike across the power grid.  The surge hit an Amazon data center in Ashburn, Virginia …
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.
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
T-Mobile USA hopes for prepaid growth with GoSmart brand  —  (Reuters) - T-Mobile USA, the No. 4 U.S. mobile provider, on Tuesday launched GoSmart Mobile, a nationwide prepaid wireless brand that will sell cellphone services to customers who want to pay for calls in advance.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Firefox 19 launches with desktop PDF viewer, Android themes and lower CPU limits that support 15m more phones  —  Mozilla on Tuesday officially launched Firefox 19 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android.  The improvements include a built-in PDF viewer on the desktop and theme support on Google's mobile platform.
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
Nokia Music+ now live for US Lumia owners  —  After launching the service across the pond just a few short days ago, Nokia's now ready to make Music+ available for the US — confirming to us today its availability on Yankee soil.  To recap, the paid subscription service ramps up the free app's offerings …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Demand Media Splits in Two — Spinning Off Domain Registrar Business From Media Unit  —  Demand Media said today that it planned to split its company in two parts, spinning off its domain business from its media one in a bid to better clarify the company to investors.
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan arrives: the world's most powerful gaming GPU costs $999  —  The Titan — the world's fastest supercomputer — has 18,688 Nvidia GK110 GPUs inside.  Each and every one is more powerful than the graphics accelerator in most any gaming PC you'll find.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple accounts for 20% of all 2012 US consumer technology sales revenue  —  Apple was the third-largest consumer technology retailer in the U.S. in 2012, while its products accounted for the largest share of revenue among consumer tech companies.  —  New data released by The NPD Group …

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