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February 21, 2013, 7:30 AM

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Tom Bramwell / Eurogamer.net:
Sony tells Eurogamer: PlayStation 4 will not block used games  —  Shuhei Yoshida confirms it.  Plus: source tells EG patent wasn't PS4-related.  —  Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has told Eurogamer that PlayStation 4 will not block the use of second-hand games …
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 …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Sony fails to show PlayStation 4 console at PlayStation 4 event  —  Sony just took the wrappers off the PlayStation 4 at a blowout event — but something was missing.  Bizarrely, the company elected not to show any glimpse of the console hardware itself, instead focusing on internal details and a showreel of upcoming games.
James McQuivey / Forrester Blogs:
Sony Bets On The Past, Forfeits the Future  —  Thursday night Sony hosted what was reported to be a crowd of more than a thousand people at a rare, Applesque new-product demo.  There it debuted the next generation Playstation, officially dubbed the PS4.  The event lasted two hours and featured …
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Google Looks to Make Its Computer Glasses Stylish  —  People wearing Google's glasses are transported to a strange new world in which the Internet is always in their line of sight.  But for people looking at the people wearing those glasses, the view is even stranger — someone wearing a computer processor …
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 …
Ginny Marvin / Search Engine Land:
Google Shopping Tops Amazon Product Ads: 32.7% More Cost Effective  —  A new report from CPC Strategy looks at how Google Shopping fared against its rival, Amazon Product Ads, after making the switch to a commercial model in Q3 last year.  The analysis finds its performance changed significantly compared …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
FCC orders 2M people to power down cell phone signal boosters  —  Wireless signal boosters improve cellular connections to service provider networks.  —  FCC  —  The Federal Communications Commission today enacted a set of rules governing the sale and deployment of wireless signal boosters …
Digits:
Saverin on the Future of Facebook  —  At the Wall Street Journal's Unleashing Innovation Conference in Singapore Facebook co- founder Eduardo Saverin talks with Executive Editor Almar Latour about what might lie ahead for the popular social network, and whether Facebook should buy LinkedIn.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Billboard Makes YouTube Part of Hot 100 Formula  —  What makes a song a hit?  In the “Gangnam Style” age the answer often has as much to do with its popularity on YouTube as any other factor.  —  This week the Billboard Hot 100, the magazine's 55-year-old singles chart …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Backblaze shares third-gen storage server design  —  Want to launch your own high-capacity networked storage infrastructure?  Backblaze just shared its new 180-terabyte Storage Pod design.  —  Backblaze, a startup offering online backup service, has released the designs for its newest Storage Pod …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
How Anonymous accidentally helped expose two Chinese hackers  —  How did security firm Mandiant put names to two previously unknown Chinese hackers who, it says, steal American corporate secrets for the Chinese government?  With a little inadvertent help from Anonymous.

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