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February 19, 2013, 4:45 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.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Apple Says It, Too, Attacked By Hackers  —  Apple said Tuesday that a small number of its employees' computers were hacked through a vulnerability in the Java browser plug-in but said none of its internal data was compromised.  —  “Apple has identified malware which infected a limited number …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
After hack, Apple releases Java security update for Mac users  —  Following the hack on a small number of Apple corporate Macs, Apple has released a Java security patch to end users.  The update is available in the Software Update pane under the Mac App Store application.
More: The Verge and Forbes
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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?
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Twitter Is Testing A New Advertising Card For Lead Generation  —  Twitter is testing a new ad unit that gives direct marketers a way to generate leads directly from tweets.  —  You can see an example of the unit in this tweet promoting Twitter's small business guide.
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.
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.
More: Droid LifeThanks:@vulsai
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Sequoia Makes It Official, Filing for “Scout Seed” Fund  —  Sequoia Capital, whose “stealthy” scouting program first came to light last spring, looks to be formalizing the program by registering its first U.S. Scout Seed Fund with the SEC this morning.  —  The filing doesn't provide …
Associated Press:
Google stock price reaches $800 for first time  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google's (GOOG) stock price topped $800 for the first time Monday amid renewed confidence in the company's ability to reap steadily higher profits from its dominance of Internet search and prominence in the increasingly important mobile device market.
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 …
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 …
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.

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