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February 10, 2014, 4:35 AM

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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
‘Flappy Bird’ Removed from App Store by Developer  —  As promised, Dong Nguyen, the developer of Flappy Bird, has removed the popular game from the App Store.  Flappy Bird has been the number one downloaded free app on Apple's App Store for almost a month.  The game was generating $50,000/day in revenue from in-app ads.
Zal Bilimoria / Re/code:
Our Love Affair With the Tablet Is Over  —  Back in 2011, I was having an all-consuming love affair with tablets.  At the time, I was the first-ever head of mobile at Netflix.  I saw tablets in my sleep, running apps that would control homes, entertain billions and dutifully chug away at work.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
HTC breaks even in final months of 2013, but forecasts a losing start to new year  —  HTC's Q4 2013 financial numbers are out today and the company has suffered yet another decline in sales.  Whereas the last quarter of 2012 returned NT$60 billion, the past year reached only NT$42.9 billion.
More: ZDNet, Bloomberg and Reuters
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows Phone 8.1 Notification Center revealed in leaked screenshots  —  Microsoft is currently preparing its first major update to Windows Phone 8.  A highly requested Notification Center feature will be included with Windows Phone 8.1, allowing users to customize and control their app notifications.
The Verge:
The coin prince: inside Bitcoin's first big money-laundering scandal  —  What last week's arrest of Charlie Shrem means for the virtual currency  —  A week ago, 24-year-old Charlie Shrem landed at JFK, home from giving a talk about the virtual currency Bitcoin at an e-commerce convention in Amsterdam.
Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Entering the Era of Private and Semi-Anonymous Apps  —  Today's Web-enabled gadgets should come with a digital Miranda warning.  “Anything you say or do online, from a status update to a selfie, can and will be used as evidence against you on the Internet.”
More: TechCrunchTweets: @om
Violet Blue / ZDNet:
Change your passwords: Comcast hushes, minimizes serious hack  —  Summary: Opinion: Comcast took a page from Snapchat's playbook to hush and downplay NullCrew FTS' successful hack on dozens of Comcast's servers — from an unpatched, easy-to-fix vulnerability dated December 2013 — which most likely exposed customer data.
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.
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 …

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