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February 21, 2013, 9:50 AM

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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 …
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 …
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 …
More: Polygon
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Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple patent filing points directly to ‘iWatch’ concept with flexible touchscreen display  —  A patent application discovered by AppleInsider on Thursday reveals Apple is indeed investigating a wearable accessory device that not only boasts a flexible touchscreen display …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Developing Touchscreen Devices Using Chrome Operating System  —  Google Inc. has developed the first touchscreen laptops powered by its Chrome operating system to be sold later this year, according to people familiar with the matter, as the Internet giant tries to go toe-to-toe with Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating system.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Pinterest Completes $200 Million Funding at $2.5 Billion Valuation  —  Pinterest, the popular social scrapbooking site, has completed a massive $200 million funding, which values the company at $2.5 billion, according to sources close to the situation.
John Leyden / The Register:
Ad-titan Google blocks Adblock Plus in Android security tweak  —  We're being singled out, claims app maker  —  The maker of Adblock Plus is upset its users must jump through hoops to get its advert-banishing app working on devices running Android - the mobile OS made by advertising giant Google.
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 …
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.
Alex Ben Block / Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen Agrees to Expand Definition of TV Viewing  —  After a meeting in New York Tuesday, the ratings company will roll out a system to measure broadband, Xbox and, in time, iPads, with more changes to come.  —  The Nielsen Co. is expanding its definition of television and will introduce …
comScore, Inc.:
U.S. Consumer Online Travel Spending Surpasses $100 Billion for First Time in 2012  —  RESTON, VA, February 20, 2012 - comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its Full Year and Q4 2012 U.S. travel e-commerce sales estimates.
More: CNET and VatorNews
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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