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February 20, 2013, 12:20 PM

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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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S each outsold the Galaxy S3 in Q4  —  For the first time, Apple has the world's No. 1 and No. 2 world's bestselling smartphones  —  FORTUNE — Drilling a little deeper into sales data than the larger tech research firms, Strategy Analytics on Wednesday released the chart at right …
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.
Jason Pontin / MIT Technology Review:
Steve Ballmer On the Strategy Behind His Strangest Product  —  Windows 8 is radically different from any previous version of the Windows operating system.  Designed to run on smartphones, tablet computers, laptops, servers, and even supercomputers, Windows 8 presents its users with virtually the same interface on any device.
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:
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Square now offers stores a “Business in a Box” hardware package for Square Register, starting at $299  —  Digital payments company Square today announced that it can now offer brick-and-mortar stores a complete package of hardware to run their business with its point-of-sale solution Square Register.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 …
April Underwood / Twitter Advertising:
Announcing the Twitter Ads API  —  Since we launched Promoted Tweets in April 2010, marketers have come to Twitter to reach new audiences and engage with more than 200 million active Twitter users on the web, on mobile devices, and on tablets.  As interest in Twitter has grown …
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.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Hedge fund suit against Apple hangs on ‘irreparable harm’  —  Judge agrees that Apple's proxy probably broke SEC rules, but hesitates to intercede  —  FORTUNE — It looks like billionaire hedge-fund manager David Einhorn won half his battle with Apple (AAPL) in a New York federal court Tuesday.
Bill Flook / bizjournals:
LivingSocial raises $110 million in fresh capital  —  LivingSocial Inc. has raised a fresh $110 million from a group of current investors that will allow the daily deal giant to “build our reserves, solidify our long-term plans and execute against our vision for the future,” CEO Tim O'Shaughnessy told employees in a memo Wednesday.
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
The App Stores Are Getting Full: Only 2% Of iPhone Top Publishers In U.S. Are Newcomers, 3% On Google Play  —  Illustrating how very, very hard it is to have a breakout hit in today's mobile app stores, a report from app store analytics firm Distimo released today finds that only 2 percent …
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 …

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