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February 2, 2014, 9:50 PM

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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Here's How Facebook Rewards Celebrities Who Post About the Super Bowl  —  If you're on Facebook this weekend you may see a bunch of athletes and celebrities talking about the Super Bowl.  Some will be doing it because they're just like you.  —  And some will be doing it because Facebook is offering them incentives to do it.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
“Healthbook” app managing fitness and health data may come preinstalled with iOS 8, integrate with iWatch  —  iWatch + iOS 8: Apple sets out to redefine mobile health, fitness tracking  —  Apple has its sights set on another industry ripe for reinvention: the mobile healthcare and fitness world.
Fred Wilson / A VC:
Once phones collect health data, API access for authorized third parties will change the game  —  iOS8, Health Data, and Open Data  —  News is leaking out of Apple that iOS8's primary feature will be health and fitness data.  Rumors are that there will be a new app called Healthbook …
Dag Kittlaus / Variety:
Siri Co-Creator Ponders the Future of the ‘Her’ Operating System  —  Siri, meet Scarlett.  —  Hollywood has always shown the way to the future.  It's a little known fact that, for decades, the bigscreen inspired many forward-looking technologies long before their day.
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Developer Behind “Flappy Bird,” The Impossible Game Blowing Up The App Store, Says He Just Got Lucky  —  Flappy Bird, a game you can barely play for more than a few seconds without throwing your phone across the room in frustration, is dominating the App Store and Google Play.
Rebecca J. Rosen / The Atlantic Online:
Forgotify: The Tool for Discovering Spotify's 4 Million Unheard Tracks  —  The idea first came to Lane Jordan when he heard an odd little fact: Around 20 percent of tracks on Spotify—some four million songs—had been played exactly zero times.  —  Four million songs!  That got Jordan thinking.
Mike Isaac / Re/code:
New iPhone app “Secret” lets you share confessions anonymously with your network of friends  —  With New Anonymous Social App Secret, the Merit Is in the Message  —  What if you could share anything you wanted to, with little worry of repercussion?
Brian X. Chen / NYT Bits:
AT&T's new family plan: two lines sharing 10GB for $130 a month, $15 per additional line  —  AT&T Sweetens Offer for Family Plans  —  AT&T, the second largest American phone carrier, on Saturday said it would offer a cheaper phone plan for families with multiple devices.
New York Times:
As device makers strive to improve battery and charging tech, Apple tests inductive charging for its watch  —  Building a Better Battery  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The next breakthrough smartphone, or maybe the one after that, might not have a traditional battery as its sole source of power.
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Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
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Atlassian:
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Zoho Blogs:
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