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February 5, 2014, 2:15 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...
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 …
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 …
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.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Amazon Lays Foundation for Giant Video Advertising Business  —  In many ways, Amazon's advertising business still remains a mystery.  The company doesn't break out the size of it in its earning reports, and Amazon exec presentations on it at industry events are often low on details.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Windows 8.1 Update 1 now looking like April  —  Summary: Microsoft's new ship target for its coming Windows 8.1 Update 1 may have shifted from March to April, according to sources.  —  I've heard from two of my sources in the past week that Microsoft's ship target for Windows 8.1 Update 1 has shifted from March 2014 to April 2014.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Business Intelligence SaaS Company Domo Raises $125M From TPG, Salesforce At An $825M Valuation  —  Domo, the SaaS business intelligence startup launched by Omniture founder Josh James, has raised $125 million in a round led by TPG Growth, the middle market and growth equity investment platform of TPG.
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 …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Target Hackers Broke in Via HVAC Company  —  Last week, Target told reporters at The Wall Street Journal and Reuters that the initial intrusion into its systems was traced back to network credentials that were stolen from a third party vendor.  Sources now tell KrebsOnSecurity that the vendor …
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 …
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
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 …

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