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February 20, 2013, 10:30 AM

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Marissa Mayer / Yodel Anecdotal:
A new welcome to Yahoo!  —  Yahoo! first began as Jerry and Dave's Guide to the World Wide Web, a directory of links created to help organize the Internet during its very early days.  That simple directory evolved through the years into the Yahoo! we know today — a starting point for your daily habits.
Nicole Perlroth / NYT Bits:
Marissa Mayer Puts Her Stamp on Yahoo.com  —  On Wednesday, Yahoo will introduce a fresh new home page with Marissa Mayer's stamp all over it.  —  Yahoo's home page has long been a sort of sad reflection of the company.  A jazzed-up Craigslist of sorts, the site was often cluttered …
Strategy Analytics:
Apple iPhone 5 Overtakes Samsung Galaxy S3 to Become World's Best-Selling Smartphone Model in Q4 2012  —  According to the latest research from our Handset Country Share Tracker (CST) service, Apple's iPhone 5 overtook Samsung's Galaxy S3 to become the world's best-selling smartphone model …
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.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
This is the Site Likely Responsible For The Recent Major Tech Company Hacks.  —  Apple, Facebook, Twitter — all hacked.  And there's probably more to come.  —  In the spate of large companies hacked in recent weeks, it seems that many of them have one thing in common.
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.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Google shows what it's like to use Project Glass in new video and expands preorders  —  It's been almost a year since Google first unveiled its vision for Project Glass, but today the company has expanded preorders and released a new overview video, demonstrating how the glasses display interactions and services when they are in use.
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
For $19, an Unlimited Phone Plan, Some Flaws  —  A typical smartphone costs around $200, but it's usually shackled to a two-year contract that often costs $70 or more monthly and includes limits on data consumption, voice minutes and texts.  Even prepaid smartphones, without a contract, can cost $30 to $50 a month and carry limits.
David Strom / Ars Technica:
100Gbps and beyond: What lies ahead in the world of networking  —  The corporate data center is undergoing a major transformation the likes of which haven't been seen since Intel-based servers started replacing mainframes decades ago.  It isn't just the server platform …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Nanotubes Seen as Alternative When Silicon Chips Hit Their Limits  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In the next decade or so, the circuits etched on silicon-based computer chips are expected to shrink as small as they can physically become, prompting a search for alternative materials to take their place.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
EE, Three, BT, Vodafone, O2 All Win 4G Spectrum In The UK, But £2.3B In Bids Falls Short Of The £3.5B Expected  —  Ofcom, the UK communications regulator, has just announced the winners of the UK spectrum auctions for 4G spectrum on the low-frequency 800MHz band, used for LTE and other mobile broadband services.
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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Foxconn Says Current Hiring Freeze Due to Strong Returning Workforce, Not Waning iPhone 5 Demand  —  Financial Times reported earlier today that Foxconn has enacted a hiring freeze at most of its Chinese facilities due to reduced demand for the iPhone 5.
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
3D-Printing Pen, The 3Doodler, Reaches Kickstarter Funding Goal In Hours  —  3D printing can be complex or, if the 3Doodler is any indication, wildly simple.  Built by a team of toy designers, the 3Doodler is a pen with a simple plastic extruder at the tip.
Associated Press:
German antitrust probe into Amazon pricing policy  —  By By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press - 4 minutes ago  —  BERLIN (AP) — Online retailer Amazon may have broken antitrust laws in Germany by banning third-party traders from selling their products cheaper elsewhere, officials said Wednesday.
More: GigaOM and The Next Web
Steve Wildstrom / Tech.pinions:
HTC One, Android Zero  —  There was a word missing from HTC's unveiling of its impressive new HTC One phone.  HTC executives talked about the BlinkFeed streaming home screen, the redone Sense user interface, the BoomSound audio system, and the Zoe photo-plus-video app.
Greg Sandoval / The Verge:
Spotify pushing labels to lower costs, open up free service to phones  —  Streaming service seeks to edge into profitability by controlling content costs, growing subscriber base  —  Spotify, the popular music subscription service, is due to meet in the coming weeks with its major counterparts …
James Kendrick / ZDNet:
SwiftKey 4 released for Android (hands on): Best keyboard for Android  —  Summary: The best mobile keyboard just got even better with the release of SwiftKey 4 for both Android phones and tablets.  —  James Kendrick  —  I have been using the SwiftKey keyboard on both Android phones and tablets since its first version.
John Ribeiro / ITworld.com:
Microsoft, EMC, NetApp join Oracle's legal fight against Google on Java  —  Software trade group BSA has also come out in support of Oracle  —  Microsoft, EMC and NetApp have joined an appeal by Oracle against an earlier decision in a copyright and patent infringement lawsuit against Google over Android.

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Microsoft:
FansChoice.tv and Ooyala choose Microsoft to help them deliver content to anyone, on any device  —  On Monday at the 2014 NAB Show exhibition, Microsoft is showing the latest technology innovations for the broadcast media industry.
Atlassian:
5 Steps to launching a thriving Q&A Community  —  Imagine having a self-governing community of engaged employees answering each others' questions, solving problems, and sharing new ideas!
Zoho Blogs:
Zoho CRM - Discontinuing Integration with LinkedIn  —  Back in 2011, to help our customers focus more on selling and less CRMing, we started offering integration with LinkedIn along with various other important features.
Silicon Valley Bank:
Strengthening the U.S. Innovation Economy by Ending Abusive Patent Litigation  —  In Silicon Valley Bank's Innovation Economy Outlook 2014 survey, we asked executives what they see in today's patent system …
 

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