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February 9, 2014, 5:00 AM

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New York Times:
Officials say Snowden used web crawling software to download classified NSA documents  —  Snowden Used Low-Cost Tool to Best N.S.A.  —  WASHINGTON — Intelligence officials investigating how Edward J. Snowden gained access to roughly a huge trove of the country's most highly classified documents …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple currently plans to release iOS 7.1 in March  —  While recent reports are pegging a launch sooner than later, reliable sources say that Apple is currently planning to ship iOS 7.1, the first significant update to iOS 7, in March.  The iOS 7.1 update is said to not have any “secret features …
Owen Good / Kotaku:
Creator of #1 free app Flappy Bird says he's pulling the game in 22 hours  —  Flappy Bird's Creator Says He's Taking the Game Down  —  The creator of Flappy Bird, the difficult, barebones mobile game whose mere existence roiled video games discussion over the past two weeks …
Mike Isaac / Re/code:
Twitter's Other Growth Problem: Keeping the Users It Already Has  —  Yes, Twitter has a growth problem.  But more than that, the company has another headache: Getting people to stick around after signing up.  —  According to people close to the company, Twitter has seen more than one billion registrations …
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Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom:
Data suggests ISPs are throttling video streaming. Will the FCC do anything about it?  —  There's something rotten in the state of online video streaming, and the data is starting to emerge  —  If you've been having trouble with your Netflix streams lately, or maybe like David Rafael …
Jeffrey Matulef / Eurogamer.net:
Dungeon Keeper Android's rating system filters out “1-4 star” reviews  —  UPDATE: EA defends practice as making it “easier” to send feedback.  —  UPDATE 9.07pm: EA Mobile has responded to allegations that the publisher was up to something sneaky by filtering 1-4 star in-app reviews …
Michael Carney / PandoDaily:
Mt. Gox suspends bitcoin withdrawals (temporarily?), market falls amid concerns of impropriety  —  The other shoe may have dropped for embattled Mt. Gox, the world's third-largest bitcoin exchange by volume.  Last night Mt. Gox published a message on its website alerting users that it will be temporarily suspending bitcoin withdrawals.
The Coinbase Blog:
More security and granular control with the new API keys  —  API keys can now be customized in a number of ways.  —  Users can now have multiple API keys, the keys have a secret to sign requests and you can set granular permissions and whitelist IPs for each and every key separately.  —  Multiple API keys

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Brings World's Fastest Texting to Windows Phone 8.1  —  Gaurav Sharma appeared relaxed but focused in his purple hoodie on Jan. 16, 2014.  Less than 20 seconds later, Sharma, a 15-year-old …
Atlassian:
Every team needs kick-ass code reviews  —  Code reviews help spread knowledge and coding best practices throughout a team.  In this article we'll take a look at why code reviews are important, and how to optimize the practice.
Zoho Blogs:
2 Ways Live Chat Can Enhance Your Customer Service  —  Landing a new customer is 5x more expensive than keeping an existing customer.  How do we keep our customers happy?  By providing outstanding support.
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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