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Jungah Lee / Bloomberg:
Samsung Plans Galaxy S5 by April With Possible Eye-Scan Security  —  Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) will release its Galaxy S5 smartphone by April and is considering using iris scanning technology for the first time as it readies the new high-end handset to compete with Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s latest iPhones.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
New Gmail Feature Allows Anyone On Google+ To Email You & Vice Versa, But Opt Out Is Provided  —  Google is today making a change to Gmail that will further bake in Google+ to its webmail product in a way that's actually somewhat practical, though also potentially invasive.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Snapchat apologizes for leaked user data, updates app to let you opt out of ‘Find Friends’  —  Snapchat today rolled out the security fix it promised last week, which lets users opt out of the app's “Find Friends” feature.  The feature, which let users plug in their phone number to find friends …
Businessweek:
The Bitcoin-Mining Arms Race Heats Up  —  Joel Flickinger's two-bedroom home in the hills above Oakland, Calif., hums with custom-built computing gear.  Just inside the front door, in a room anyone else might use as a den, he's placed a desk next to a fireplace that supports a massive monitor …
Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
Google Data Chief Says ‘Flawed’ EU Privacy Law Is Dead  —  Google Inc. (GOOG)'s top privacy official said the European Union's “flawed” attempt to overhaul data-protection rules is “dead” and urged politicians to go back to the drawing board.  —  “Europe's much-ballyhooed, and much-flawed …
GeekWire:
Surprise: Amazon tests physical retail with ‘Kindle Kiosk’ vending machines  —  LAS VEGAS — Amazon, the company that defined the world of online commerce, is venturing further into the world of physical retail — experimenting with standalone, automated “Kindle Kiosk” vending machines in selected airports and shopping malls.
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Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Gartner: PC shipments slip 6.9% to 82.6m units in Q4, as 2013 sees the worst yearly decline in history  —  The PC market continues to be in free fall, having now seen its seventh consecutive quarter of declining worldwide shipments.  Worldwide PC shipments dropped to 82.6 million units …
Alex Hern / Guardian:
Yahoo malware turned European computers into bitcoin slaves  —  Search firm remains silent on how its ad servers infected Windows PCs of visitors to homepage  —  As many as two million European users of Yahoo may have received PC malware from virus-laden ads served by its homepage over a four-day period last week.
David Cohen / AllFacebook:
UPDATED: Facebook To Sunset Sponsored Stories April 9  —  Facebook's sponsored stories have seen their highs and lows, with the lowest low occurring when the ad unit became the subject of a class-action lawsuit, but sponsored stories will be history after April 9, according to a list …
Edwin Chan / Reuters:
Apple, Samsung CEOs agree to mediation in U.S. patent fight: court filing  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics have agreed to attend a mediation session to be held on or before February 19, as they prepare to clash in court in March over smartphone patents.
Matt Asay / TechRepublic:
Google's master plan for Android: More Internet users paying $6.30 a pop  —  The mobile industry is headed to Google, who is in an ideal position to clean up at roughly $6.30 per Internet user per year.  —  Forget today's smartphone profits: Apple and Samsung increasingly split those relatively evenly …
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Lauren Orsini / ReadWrite:
The Most In-Demand Tech Skills: Why Java And The Classics Ruled 2013  —  If you're a Java developer, chances are you did pretty well for yourself in 2013.  —  At least, that's according to statistics from Stack Overflow.  Thousands of companies use the website's Careers 2. search in order …

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