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February 20, 2013, 1:45 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 …
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 …
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.
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
iPhoneDevSDK Details What Led to Apple, Facebook Hacking  —  In January, a number of Apple employees had their Macs compromised following visits to the popular iPhoneDevSDK forum.  Employees from Facebook and likely dozens of other companies were compromised as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ben Blanchard / Reuters:
China says U.S. hacking accusations lack technical proof  —  (Reuters) - Accusations by a U.S. computer security company that a secretive Chinese military unit is likely behind a series of hacking attacks are scientifically flawed and hence unreliable, China's Defence Ministry said on Wednesday.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
AT&T signs roaming deal with The Cloud to offer customers access to 16,000 free WiFi spots in the UK  —  In an effort to provide more connectivity when its customers travel outside the US, AT&T has signed a deal with BSkyB-owned WiFi hotspot provider The Cloud to offer up to 1GB per month free of charge when they visit the UK.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Jerry Yang Joins Lenovo Board as ‘Observer’  —  HONG KONG— Jerry Yang, who co-founded Yahoo Inc. and resigned last year from the Internet company's board, has landed a plum position with Chinese computer maker Lenovo Group Ltd. making nearly $200,000 in equity and cash.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Adobe updates Reader and Acrobat to patch vulnerabilities being exploited in the wild: Download now  —  Adobe on Wednesday released a security bulletin addressing a vulnerability in its Reader and Acrobat products discovered and being exploited exactly a week ago.
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 …
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.

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