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February 5, 2014, 12:45 PM

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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.
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Samsung plans relatively low-key Unpacked 5 event, won't include eye scanner in Galaxy S5  —  Samsung Reins In the Theatrics for Galaxy S5  —  TOKYO — Don't expect a lot of singing and dancing when Samsung Electronics introduces the next generation of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, this month.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Inside the Microsoft CEO Search: How Satya Nadella Was Chosen  —  Gates, Ballmer and Board Debated as They Went From 100 Candidates to One  —  The search for a new Microsoft Corp. leader was taking its toll.  —  It had been five months since Steve Ballmer announced he was stepping down as chief executive …
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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.
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.
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 …
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Steve Jobs wanted Sony VAIOs to run OS X  —  Ex-Sony president recalls an unforgettable golf course meeting  —  In 2005, Steve Jobs' announcement that Apple's computers would be moving from PowerPC to Intel surprised many.  OS X had been living “a secret double life” with Intel for five years …
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 some of the same technologies that allowed the Watson natural language supercomputer to conquer Jeopardy, IBM's next step …
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 …
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
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Business Intelligence SaaS Company Domo Raises $125M From TPG, Salesforce At A $825M Valuation  —  Domo, the SaaS business intelligence startup launched by Omniture founder Josh James, has raised $125 million in new funding from This brings the company's total funding to $250 million.
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 …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
comScore: Apple ends 2013 with 41.8% US smartphone share, Samsung hits 26.1%; Android back to losing share  —  In the US, Apple's dominance as the top smartphone OEM hit a new high at the end of last year: 41.8 percent.  Samsung gained share faster than its main competitor for six months straight …
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.
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.

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