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February 25, 2013, 5:05 PM

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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Apple Is Beta-Testing An Update That Kills Evasi0n Jailbreak  —  All good jailbreaks must come to an end.  —  Late last week Apple released an update for iOS to developers in beta that prevents the use of the popular jailbreak software evasi0n, according to one of evasi0n's creators who tested the patch over the weekend, David Wang.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Nokia Expands Its Windows Phones To More Price Points With $180 Entry Level Lumia 520 And $330 Mid-Range Lumia 720  —  Nokia has just announced two new Lumia smartphones at its Mobile World Congress press conference - broadening its Windows Phone 8 portfolio to five devices and filling …
Christopher Brook / threatpost:
Another iPhone Passcode Bypass Vulnerability Discovered  —  It's getting hard to keep track of all the bugs piling up for Apple's iPhone.  Now it seems a glitch in the iOS kernel of Apple's much maligned iOS 6.1 is responsible for yet another passcode bypass vulnerability, the second to surface this month.
David Carr / New York Times:
For ‘House of Cards,’ Using Big Data to Guarantee Its Popularity  —  In the television business, there is no such thing as a sure thing.  You can have a gold-plated director, a bankable star and a popular concept and still, it's just a roll of the dice.  —  Or is it?
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Samsung's Heft in Android Worries Google  —  Samsung Electronics Co. has become the biggest seller of mobile devices using Google Inc.'s Android mobile operating system.  That creates a problem for Google.  —  Samsung's growing might—last year, the South Korean manufacturer shipped nearly 200 million …
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Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Yandex deals Google a one-two punch, debuts alternative Android app store and 3D interface  —  We knew it was coming soon, but Yandex has waited for the official start of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to actually debut it: say hola to Yandex.Store, its alternative Android app store …
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
Internet providers launch controversial Copyright Alert System, promise ‘education’ over lawsuits  —  The new program rolls out with five major internet service providers today, but the bark is worse than the bite  —  Five major internet service providers have signed onto a private sector effort …
Michael J. De La Merced / DealBook:
J. Crew Chief and American Express Invest in Warby Parker  —  Warby Parker, the hip purveyor of retro-style glasses, has solidified ties with two of its most prominent fans.  —  Now the three-year-old start-up can count Millard S. Drexler, the chief executive of J. Crew …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
After CEO Departure, Mobile Video Startup Viddy Cuts Staff By More Than A Third  —  It was less than a year ago that Viddy was flying high, quoting massive user growth and raising a massive $30 million round of funding from NEA, Goldman Sachs, Khosla Ventures, and Battery Ventures.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Visa, Samsung Ink NFC Deal, Galaxy S IV First In Line For Deep Integration; ROAM Is Visa's First ‘Ready’ Mobile Payment Partner  —  Visa is swiftly moving ahead announcing its first partners for its new NFC initiative and push into the wider world of mobile payments — two programs it announced …
Jack Purcher / Patent Bolt:
Google Glass Part 2: Binocular  —  A head mounted display ("HMD") is a display device worn on or about the head.  HMDs usually incorporate some sort of near-to-eye optical system to display an image within a few centimeters of the human eye.  Single eye displays are referred to as monocular HMDs …
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Facebook and 18 carriers to offer discounted mobile messaging data in 14 countries  —  Shooting the breeze using Facebook's mobile messaging service is about to get a lot cheaper.  The social network is teaming up with 18 carriers in 14 countries to provide free or heavily discounted data to its customers.

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