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February 5, 2014, 10:20 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...
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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 …
Jason Fried / 37signals.com:
37signals renames as 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.
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.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Microsoft, Past and Future  —  In broad strokes, here is my view of Microsoft's history.  —  In the beginning, Bill Gates stated the company's goal: “A computer on every desk and in every home.”  That was crazy.  The PC revolution was well underway, but the grand total of PCs sold …
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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 …
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Google goes to war on ‘fraudulent’ YouTube video views  —  Says inflated counts are misleading fans and 'undermining one of YouTube's most important and unique qualities'  —  YouTube visitors watch more than six billion hours of video every month, but not all of those eyeballs are real.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Tweets: @inspireux, @pumpkin and @lukew
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Experts refute Verizon's claim that NSA can't grab non-U.S. data  —  Summary: What Verizon says and does appears to be in conflict, according to privacy specialists, legal experts, and academics, who argue the U.S. government can demand foreign data held by American telecom and technology companies.
Emily Glazer / Wall Street Journal:
RadioShack to Close About 500 Stores Within Months—Sources  —  Electronics Retailer, Advisers Continue to Work on Restructuring  —  RadioShack Corp. is planning to close around 500 stores in the coming months as the electronics retailer continues working with advisers to restructure the company …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
New Google Chrome feature warns users when browser has been hijacked  —  Google engineers have added a new feature to the Chrome browser that automatically warns users when browsing settings have been altered by malicious software.  —  The new protection was unveiled in a blog post published Friday …

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FansChoice.tv and Ooyala choose Microsoft to help them deliver content to anyone, on any device  —  On Monday at the 2014 NAB Show exhibition, Microsoft is showing the latest technology innovations for the broadcast media industry.
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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