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February 28, 2013, 2:00 AM

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Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Groupon tanks on missed Q4 revenue of $638.3 million, unexpected loss of $0.12 per share  —  Today Groupon reported its fourth quarter financial performance, including revenue of $638.3 million, and earnings per share of -$0.12.  Analysts had expected revenue of $640 million, and earnings per share of $0.03.
Casey Newton / CNET:
Sergey Brin: Smartphones are ‘emasculating’  —  During a talk at TED, the Google co-founder says Glass improves on the smartphone experience.  —  Mobile phones may generate the fastest-growing segment of Google's revenue, but the experience of using them still bothers Google co-founder Sergey Brin.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Cook: Forget About Our Share Price, Apple Has Some Great Stuff Coming  —  If you're an Apple shareholder dismayed by the downward trajectory of the company's stock price lately, CEO Tim Cook feels your pain.  —  Remarking on the value of Apple's stock, which has plummeted by roughly …
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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
GDRs and Microsoft's road to Windows Phone Blue  —  Summary: The Windows Phone team seems to be doubling down on secrecy.  But that doesn't mean an end to rumors about what's next for the platform on the OS front.  —  Leaks about an alleged new HTC Windows Phone in the works have a number …
Anton Troianovski / Wall Street Journal:
Unsold IPhones Piling Up at Leap Wireless  —  For one of the country's prepaid cellphone carriers, a big bet on the iPhone is becoming a big headache.  —  Leap Wireless International Inc., which operates the Cricket cellphone brand, said it is on pace to sell half as many iPhones as it committed …
More: The Verge
Sam Gibbs / Gizmodo UK:
Tweetbot Shows You How to Shame Bottom-Feeding Pirates (Updated)  —  You're a developer.  You work your arse off to make a rock-solid product and charge a modest fee for people to use it, like the awesome Tweetbot for instance.  So you're annoyed when people pirate the hell out of it.  So, what do you do?
Avram Piltch / LAPTOP Magazine:
E Ink Android Phone Lasts a Week, Weighs Next to Nothing  —  Who would want a smartphone with a grayscale E Ink screen?  Anyone who want days of battery life, superior outdoor readability and low cost should be interested in using the technology in a phone.
More: GigaOM
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: AOL Poised to Hire Susan Lyne to Run All Content Brands, Except HuffPo  —  Sources said AOL is set to hire well-known media and Internet exec Susan Lyne to be CEO of its content brands unit at the New York-based Web company, except for the Huffington Post Media Group headed by Arianna Huffington.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Comcast Punishes BitTorrent Pirates With Browser Hijack  —  Earlier this week when the six strikes system launched, little was known (officially) about the punishments ISPs were planning for persistent pirates.  —  Since then Verizon reinstated their copyright alerts section, revealing the mitigation measured that leaked last month.
Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review:
To Bolster Search, Facebook Nudges its Users to Help Index the Real World - and Build a Data Store to Rival Google's  —  Facebook Nudges Users to Catalog the Real World  —  Taking aim at Google, the largest social network wants a database describing as many things as possible.  —  WHY IT MATTERS
Thanks:@tsimonite
Jordan Press / canada.com:
BlackBerry not as secure as believed, memo warns federal workers  —  OTTAWA — The federal department charged with overseeing cyber-security has warned its workers to think twice before sending a BlackBerry message, suggesting that the device believed to be the most secure in the world is more vulnerable than users may believe.
More: BGR, The Register and ZDNet
Tom Phillips / Eurogamer.net:
EA putting micro-transactions “into all of our games”  —  “Consumers are enjoying and embracing that way of business.”  —  EA is building micro-transactions into all of its PC and console games, the company has announced.  —  The decision comes despite the recent controversy surrounding micro-transactions …
Natasha Lennard / Salon:
Anonymous group claims to show BofA monitored hackers, activists  —  Hacker group leaks data reportedly from Bank of America showing (shoddy) monitoring of activist and hacker activity  —  An Anonymous group, identifying itself as Par:AnoIA (aka Anonymous Intelligence Agency) …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Cluster App Aims at Better Photo Curation (Especially for the Lazy)  —  Can't say I get excited when I hear about a new photo-sharing app.  The market is flooded.  Plus, I'm lazy, and don't feel like investing time and energy into yet another new app.  —  Serial entrepreneur Brenden Mulligan wants to convince me to feel otherwise.
Sruthi Gottipati / India Ink:
‘Hole in the Wall’ Wins Indian Educator $1 Million TED Prize  —  Sugata Mitra, an Indian education innovator, was awarded the first $1 million TED Prize for what the global organization called his “innovative and bold efforts towards advancing learning for children.”
Mozilla Hacks:
Building A Paid App For Firefox OS  —  At first glance the Firefox Marketplace for Firefox OS may look similar to the Apple Store or Google Play Store but there is a key difference: it does not lock you into Mozilla or lock you into your Firefox OS phone.  It enables you to sell a web app …
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Spotify's social network arrives: New Follow tab is now gradually rolling out to users  —  After teasing a heavy dose of discovery and social features, Spotify is gradually rolling out its ‘Follow’ tab to users on the desktop.  —  We first revealed these upcoming features back in December …
More: CNET and Pocket-lintThanks:@thekenyeung
J.K. Trotter / The Atlantic Wire:
Fake Google Glass eBay Auction Pulled After Bids Soar Past $15,000  —  Your plan to simply buy your way into the Google Glass early-adopter contest has been foiled.  On Wednesday morning an eBay auction immediately began raising eyebrows for how much bidders were driving up its price …
Bernard Vaughan / Thomson Reuters:
Inventor argues Nintendo infringed his 3-D patent  —  A patent infringement trial over 3-D display technology has pit an inventor against videogaming giant Nintendo Co.  —  The patent relates to technology that inventor Seijiro Tomita developed for providing 3-D images without the need for 3-D glasses.
MIT Technology Review:
An Autopsy of a Dead Social Network  —  Following the collapse of the social network Friendster, computer scientists have carried out a digital autopsy to find out what went wrong  —  Friendster is a social network that was founded in 2002, a year before Myspace and two years before Facebook.

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