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February 9, 2014, 11:20 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 …
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Carl Icahn 2.0: an icon of '80s greed is back to shake up Silicon Valley  —  The wild success and massive cash hoards of today's technology firms are perfect targets for this activist investor  —  For techies scanning the headlines over the past few months, one name has become …
Tweets: @davewiner
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 …
Tweets: @spencerchen
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Neither Microsoft, Nokia, nor anyone else should fork Android.  It's unforkable.  —  As happens from time to time, the suggestion has been made that Microsoft cancel Windows Phone, and instead fork Android.  It's not the first time this suggestion has been made.  It's probably not the last, either.
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 …
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 …
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Quentin Hardy / NYT Bits:
Quora is likely to “put ads with its answers” in 2015 to capitalize on evergreen traffic  —  Quora and the Search for Truth  —  The Internet has a nagging problem: There is lots of information, but often confusion about what's true.  Many big websites try to solve this problem with their services.
Tweets: @qhardy
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 …
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:
16-year-old uses Windows 8 to reconnect after being sidelined by a rare disorder  —  Ehlers-Danlos syndrome affects Alejandra Tristan's wrist, finger and other joints, making it difficult for her to do schoolwork and connect through social media.
Intel:
Intel Injects Laughter into Mobile Messaging  —  Intel is creating a fun spin on communication with the launch of Pocket Avatars, a new over-the-top (OTT) mobile messaging app developed by Intel Labs technologists.
VMware:
Why Run Your Exchange Environment In A Hybrid Cloud Model?  —  VMware vSphere has always been a premier destination for virtualizing packaged applications like Microsoft SharePoint and Exchange.
Zoho:
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Syncano:
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