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February 7, 2014, 4:00 PM

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Daisuke Wakabayashi / Digits:
Apple's Tim Cook Discusses Emerging Markets and Plans for Cash  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company's best days are still ahead.  —  It's not a particularly unusual message coming from a CEO.  But Apple is facing pointed questions that the iPhone's growth will slow and that the company's innovative run is coming to an end.
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Brian X. Chen / NYT Bits:
California Bill Would Require Antitheft Technology for Cellphones  —  A smartphone is sleek, compact and valuable, which makes it a perfect target for a thief.  Californian lawmakers want to require cellphone companies to fix that problem.  —  In the last year, officials in San Francisco …
Tom Gara / Corporate Intelligence:
Mastercard and Visa to switch from swipe-and-sign credit cards to PIN based cards by Oct 2015  —  October 2015: The End of the Swipe-and-Sign Credit Card … It's a payment ritual as familiar as handing over a $20 bill, and it's soon to go extinct: prepare to say farewell to the swipe-and-sign of a credit card transaction.
More: Business Insider and SkiftTweets: @frankluntz
Cade Metz / Wired:
Facebook Deploys Robots to Save Blu-ray From Extinction  —  One day, your Facebook photos will sit in the hands of robots.  —  Behind the scenes at Mark Zuckerberg's social networking giant, Facebook engineers have already built these robots, and one of them was on display last week in downtown San Jose …
More: SlashGear
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
LinkedIn kills its Intro email service after less than four months  —  LinkedIn just announced that it'll be shutting down Intro, a service meant to integrate LinkedIn contact details right into the iOS Mail app, after less than four months.  LinkedIn simply said it was discontinuing the service …
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Facebook Now Lets You Edit Your “Look Back” Movie  —  Earlier this week, we learned that Facebook would soon let you edit the automatically-generated “Look Back” videos the company had made to celebrate Facebook's 10th anniversary.  —  Sure enough: they just launched the editor.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Alleged Silk Road Creator Ross Ulbricht Pleads Not Guilty On All Charges  —  Last November, Ross Ulbricht's lawyer Joshua Dratel told reporters only hours after first meeting his client that he planned to show that Ulbricht is not the “Dread Pirate Roberts” who created the Silk Road anonymous drug site.
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Google Asks French Court to Suspend Privacy Notification Order  —  Order Forces Google to Notify Users of a Privacy Fine on its French Home Page  —  PARIS—Google Inc. asked a French court Thursday to suspend an order forcing it to notify users of a privacy fine on its French home page …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
OpenTable Buys Ness For $17.3M To Beef Up Mobile And Restaurant Recommendations  —  Restaurant reservation platform OpenTable today reported quarterly earnings of $52.3 million and used the day to put out some other news: the company has acquired Ness Computing, makers of the personalized restaurant recommendations app Ness.

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