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February 3, 2014, 12:05 PM

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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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows 8.1 Update 1 leaks on the web ahead of its March release  —  Microsoft's first update to Windows 8.1 has leaked today on various file sharing websites ahead of its March debut.  The early build includes a number of changes that Microsoft is making to improve the keyboard and mouse experience in Windows 8.1.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Paper Now Available For iOS In The US, And It Could Be A Facebook Replacement  —  Facebook's new standalone app Paper is now available for download on iOS to everyone in the US, and it's more than just a content reader.  Paper has messages, notifications, search, and a completely redesigned profile.
More: The Next Web and EngadgetTweets: @jwherrman and @facebookThanks:@jordanrcrook
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Hashtags in 57% 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.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Apple Celebrates 30th Anniversary of the Mac With Movie Shot on iPhones  —  To mark the 30th anniversary of the Mac, Apple gave its store workers special T-shirts, changed its home page and granted ABC News an interview with CEO Tim Cook.  —  But its biggest anniversary project was one done in secret.
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.
CB Insights:
72 of the Biggest, Costliest Startup Failures of All Time  —  No physician is really good before he has killed one or two patients.  " - Proverb  —  For those who've been reading, we've had failure on the brain recently.  This is partly because its a good counterbalance …
Tweets: @r and @brenthoberman
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Required Reading: The Economist's Special Report On Tech Startups  —  It's not every day we here at TechCrunch just point to someone else's work and say, “Here, you should go read this.”  But today's an exception, because The Economist has put together a 16-page Special Report on the rise of technology startups around the world.

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