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February 9, 2014, 5:25 PM

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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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 …
More: FortuneTweets: @davewiner
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
How Milo founder Jack Abraham and a small team designed eBay's new feed in two weeks  —  You Can Explain eBay's $50 Billion Turnaround With Just This One Crazy Story  —  Back in the middle of the last decade, eBay, the massive auction site, was in trouble.
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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