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February 5, 2014, 11:20 AM

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NBC News:
Secret British spy unit mounted cyberattacks against Anonymous and LulzSec, Snowden docs show  —  War on Anonymous: British Spies Attacked Hackers, Snowden Docs Show  —  A secret British spy unit created to mount cyber attacks on Britain's enemies has waged war on the hacktivists of Anonymous and LulzSec, according to documen...
Gabriella Coleman / Wired:
The New Snowden Revelation Is Dangerous for Anonymous — And for All of Us  —  The latest Snowden-related revelation is that Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) proactively targeted the communications infrastructure used by the online activist collective known as Anonymous.
Jason Fried / 37signals:
37signals changes name to Basecamp, will focus solely on that product, may spin off or sell Campfire and Highrise  —  Two big announcements.  —  This year marks 37signals' 15th year in business.  And today is Basecamp's 10th birthday.  We have a lot to celebrate, and two exciting announcements to share.
Re/code:
Long-Time Google Ads Exec Susan Wojcicki is YouTube's New Boss  —  Susan Wojcicki, SVP of advertising for Google, will lead its YouTube unit, sources said.  —  The news was first reported as likely by The Information late Tuesday night.  —  Wojcicki was employee No. 16 at Google …
Nikkei Asian Review:
Sony looking to sell PC business to investment fund  —  TOKYO — Sony is in talks to unload its sluggish personal computer operations to investment fund Japan Industrial Partners, part of a business overhaul designed to shift focus to smartphones, The Nikkei learned Tuesday.
Aoife White / Bloomberg:
Google Ends EU Antitrust Probe Pledging Rival Links  —  Google Inc. (GOOG), the owner of the world's largest search engine, reached a settlement to end the European Union's three-year antitrust probe after it offered to display results from rival search services.
Microsoft Corporation:
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple hires sleep research expert Roy J.E.M Raymann from Philips for iWatch team  —  Joining a longlist of Apple executives and new hires thought to be working on Apple's highly anticipated iWatch project, the company has recently picked up Roy J.E.M Raymann from Philips Research …
Joab Jackson / Computerworld:
IBM questions whether D-Wave's experimental computer truly relies on quantum mechanics  —  IBM questions the performance of D-Wave's quantum computer  —  IBM charges that a D-Wave quantum computer run by Google actually relies on good old-fashioned classical physics
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Dell, AMD unveil 64-bit proof-of-concept ARM microservers  —  AMD, Dell See Opportunity in ARM Server Market  —  A close look at the AMD Opteron ARM development kit on display at the Open Compute Summit last week.  (Photo: Colleen Miller)  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. - Just two months …
Ryan Huang / ZDNet:
HTC to redesign phones after losing Nokia patent suit  —  Summary: Some handsets will be modified to sidestep a German court ruling, in order to minimize disruption to customers while it appeals against the decision.  —  HTC will redesign some of its smartphones after losing a court ruling …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Orchestrate Replaces Multiple NoSQL Databases With A Single API  —  The days when developers built their applications on a single database are long over.  Many services today use a variety of databases - and especially NoSQL databases - to power the different aspects of their applications.
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Meet the Asus Chromebox, a $179 fanless mini-desktop  —  Asus' new Chromebox is a nice step up from Samsung's model.  —  Asus  —  Google's Chrome OS continues to show up on more and more devices, and while the majority of them are laptops, it looks like desktop users are going to have quite a few options as well.
John Brownlee / Fast Co Design:
IBM offers companies tools to apply AI for analyzing their customers' social media streams  —  IBM's Next Big Thing: Psychic Twitter Bots  —  USING THE POWER OF THE WATSON SUPERCOMPUTER, YOUR BANK COULD SOON BE STALKING YOU ON TWITTER.  AND THAT MIGHT NOT BE A BAD THING.
Seth Fiegerman / Mashable:
‘It Was Just the Dumbest Luck’ — Facebook's First Employees Look Back  —  Dustin Moskovitz thought he might go to business school.  Or graduate school.  Maybe he would work in technology.  Mostly he just wanted to graduate.  —  It was early 2004 and Moskovitz was in his second year at Harvard …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Twitter's First Big Earnings Test Comes Today.  Here Are the Numbers to Watch.  —  Remember when Facebook went public, and its stock tanked?  And remember when Facebook announced its first earnings report, and its stock dropped some more?  —  Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is trying to reverse that playbook …
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
DARPA publishes all its open source code in one place  —  The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, sponsors a lot of technology through grants to universities and private labs, with projects running the gamut from robots to electroencephalography caps, to software and new programming languages.
Scott Hurff:
More screen space for story navigation could eliminate Facebook Paper's uncomfortable swipes  —  Facebook Paper's gestural hell  —  Facebook's release of Paper yesterday on the App Store breaks a string of uninspired releases outside of Instagram, and has many believing it's a glimpse into the future of mobile interaction.
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Microsoft:
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Atlassian:
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Zoho Blogs:
Zoho CRM - Discontinuing Integration with LinkedIn  —  Back in 2011, to help our customers focus more on selling and less CRMing, we started offering integration with LinkedIn along with various other important features.
Silicon Valley Bank:
Strengthening the U.S. Innovation Economy by Ending Abusive Patent Litigation  —  In Silicon Valley Bank's Innovation Economy Outlook 2014 survey, we asked executives what they see in today's patent system …
 

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