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February 20, 2013, 8:35 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.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Sony announces PlayStation 4 with 8-core x86 processor, 8GB GDDR5 memory and DualShock 4 controller  —  Today at a gaming event in New York City, Sony announced the PlayStation 4.  Sony's Andy House says that it is the ‘most powerful platform ever’.  —  “The living room is no longer …
Mat Smith / Engadget:
PlayStation 4's UI and inner workings detailed: No more booting, games download as you play them  —  We've heard some hardware numbers, but now we're hearing more how it'll actually work in practice.  Alongside connections to other Sony hardware, the highlight that caught our attention …
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.
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 …
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 …
Mr.H / vgleaks.com:
Durango Next-Generation Kinect Sensor  —  Launched in November 2010, the Xbox 360 Kinect Sensor set a world record for the fastest selling consumer electronic device, selling ten million units in its first four months alone.  Natural user interface (NUI) experiences using Kinect have proved …
Ian Kilpatrick / Google Enterprise Blog:
Preview files in Google Drive  —  (Cross-posted on the Google Drive Blog.)  —  It may sound obvious, but sometimes the best way to find something is to start looking.  Beginning today, Google Drive will let you quickly preview more than 30 file types and quickly flip between files until you find the one you want.
Christopher Mims / Quartz:
Apple's Jonathan Ive talks design—on a beloved kids' show  —  “Heartwarming” isn't a word you normally associate with industrial design, but I dare you to watch this clip from beloved UK children's show Blue Peter without cracking a smile.  —  When asked how he would design a combination pencil case …
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.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Qualcomm details Quick Charge 2.0 and Snapdragon Voice Activation: 75 percent faster charging, wake by speaking  —  Qualcomm didn't show all its cards for this year when it unveiled the Snapdragon 600 and 800 at CES.  The company is introducing a second-generation power charging technology …
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.
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.

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