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February 21, 2013, 1:25 AM

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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Wired:
Beyond the Buzz, Where Are MOOCs Really Going?  —  Everyone's going MOOC-crazy these days.  From frequent media coverage of online courses and platforms like Coursera, edX, Udacity, and Udemy to discussions about the complexities and business models of online education, the excitement around MOOCs …
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 …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
IBM rolls out MobileFirst, eyes role as enterprise mobility enabler  —  Summary: Big Blue increasingly sees the mobile enterprise as the equivalent of its e-business, analytics and smarter planet efforts.  —  IBM on Wednesday aggregated its mobile tools into a portfolio dubbed MobileFirst …

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