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February 20, 2013, 4:15 AM

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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.
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.
More: Pocketnow and PhoneArenaTweets: @reckless and @peterrojas
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
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.
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.
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 …
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?
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Ubuntu phones won't ship till 2014, might be locked down by carriers  —  Earlier this month, The Wall Street Journal reported that smartphones running Ubuntu Linux would ship in October of this year.  Ubuntu boss Mark Shuttleworth says that's a mistake.  Today, the Canonical founder clarified …
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Jason Schreier / Kotaku:
Source: The PS4 Will Be Out This November, And You'll Be Able To Control It With Your Phone  —  A reliable Kotaku source has informed us that the PlayStation 4, codenamed Orbis, will be out this November in the United States.  —  Our source—the same reliable source who back in early 2012 told us …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Firefox 19 launches with desktop PDF viewer, Android themes and lower CPU limits that support 15m more phones  —  Mozilla on Tuesday officially launched Firefox 19 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android.  The improvements include a built-in PDF viewer on the desktop and theme support on Google's mobile platform.
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
With $1.4M In Tow, Celly Launches On iOS To Let Anyone Create An Instant Mobile Social Network  —  Once upon a time, the pinnacle of social networking was the ability to connect with former classmates and share what your cat had for breakfast.  Today, the requirements for social networking have evolved and are more immediate.
Kevin Purdy / Fast Company:
Lady Gaga, BBQ Ribs, And The Invisible Hand That Moves Your Brand's Fans To Respond  —  Kelly Abbott's Realtidbits provides custom comment systems and visitor data to Lady Gaga, the Washington Post, Suicide Girls, and AmazingRibs.com, among others.  Its secret sauce?  “Heavy listening.”

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