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February 2, 2014, 11:10 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.
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Hashtags in 58% of Super Bowl ads; Facebook led social networks with 5 mentions to Twitter's 4  —  New Record For 2014: Hashtags Mentioned In 58% Of Super Bowl Ads … Hashtags were in 58 percent of Super Bowl ads, up from 50% in 2013 and setting a new record.
John Colucci / Engadget:
Super Bowl 2014 ad roundup: '80s stars raid a RadioShack, Bears dance with Ellen and more  —  If you were one of those 110 million who tuned into this year's Super Bowl, you probably have some thoughts on those ads — ads that cost a whole load of cash.  This year, we had the predictable heart-tug …
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 …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
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.
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?
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.
More: The Verge
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.
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.

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