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February 22, 2013, 3:30 PM

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Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
I used Google Glass: the future, with monthly updates  —  Up close and personal with Google's visionary new computer  —  The frosted-glass doors on the 11th floor of Google's NYC headquarters part and a woman steps forward to greet me.  This is an otherwise normal specimen of humanity.
Mikkel Svane / Zendesk.com:
We've been hacked  —  We feel that it's important our customers receive an update from us on a recent security situation.  We have an investigation underway and do not have the answer to every question.  —  We've become aware that a hacker accessed our system this week.
New York Post:
NYPD forms dedicated team to catch thieves who steal iPhones and iPads  —  iTheft busters  —  The theft of Apple devices is so rampant in New York that a team of cops has been assigned to work with the tech giant to get the stolen gadgets back, The Post has learned.
Ritsuko Ando / Reuters:
Nokia to fight rivals with cheaper models-sources  —  (Reuters) - Nokia is shifting the focus of its turnaround strategy to regaining domination of cheaper handsets after a stuttering campaign to catch up with Apple and Samsung in high-end smartphones.  —  Company sources said it would …
Galen M. Gruman / InfoWorld:
Hands-on with the Ubuntu Touch Linux smartphone  —  The early and surprisingly nice version bodes well for Canonical's Linux smartphone — but you may not want to install it yourself Ubuntu Touch's home screen Developers got their first hands-on peek yesterday of Canonical's Ubuntu Touch OS for mobile phones …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
NBCU Spent $195 Million To Buy Back Half Of MSNBC.com  —  Thanks to Comcast's 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, we now know how much NBCUniversal spent to buy back the 50% of MSNBC.com that was owned by Microsoft.  —  The total purchase price for Microsoft's stake was $195 million …
Valéry Marchive / ZDNet:
France to invest €20bn in high-speed broadband for the entire country  —  Summary: French president François Hollande wants very high-speed broadband to reach every household in the country by 2023 - a plan that will need private as well as public investment.  —  Valéry Marchive
More: VentureBeat and Reuters
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Orange Acquired Dailymotion For $168 Million By Buying Out Remaining 51% Stake [Update: Orange Confirms]  —  Back in January 2011, Orange acquired 49 percent of Dailymotion for $78 million (€59 million), and declared that they wanted to buy out the remaining 51 percent.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
PayPal Here Is Coming To The UK, Its First Mobile Payment Market In Europe, Armed With A New Way To Read Your Card  —  Make way for one more player in the European mobile payments space, and a big one at that.  Today, the online payments giant PayPal announced that from this summer …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
HTC settles with FTC on charges it failed to secure logging data, exploitable flaws on millions of devices  —  HTC America has settled a case with the FTC today over failing to patch a vulnerability that allowed access to data from logging applications like Carrier IQ and its own tool called HTC Loggers.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Director Of Product Blake Ross Is Leaving Facebook  —  Facebook Director of Product Blake Ross is leaving the company, he announced in a Facebook post yesterday afternoon.  —  For those of you who weren't reading TechCrunch in 2007, Firefox co-founder Ross and Joe Hewitt came to Facebook through …
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
Accused LulzSec hacker draws comparisons to Aaron Swartz from jail  —  Jeremy Hammond faces 30 years-to-life for his role in Stratfor hack  —  Alleged LulzSec hacker and political activist Jeremy Hammond issued a statement from a New York jail on Thursday, comparing his own case …
Jean H. Lee / Associated Press:
NKorea to allow mobile Internet for foreigners  —  PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea will soon allow foreigners to tweet, Skype and surf the Internet from their cellphones, iPads and other mobile devices in its second relaxation of controls on communications in recent weeks.

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