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February 10, 2014, 5:10 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Nokia Prepares to Release Android Phone Ahead of Sale to Microsoft  —  Finnish Smartphone Maker Readies Device for Barcelona Exhibit  —  Nokia Corp. plans to release this month a smartphone that runs a version of Google Inc. 's Android mobile software, according to people familiar with the matter …
Reuters:
Chastened HTC turns to cheaper smartphones in search for profit  —  (Reuters) - Smarting from growing losses, Taiwanese phone maker HTC Corp says it will expand its range of cheaper products as it fixes off-target marketing for its premium smartphones.  —  The company that has long prided itself …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
New Apple TV hardware references already appearing in iOS 7 builds  —  We reported last fall that a revamped Apple TV set-top-box is in the works, and then we learned earlier this year that the new box would likely be introduced in the first half of 2014.  Sources said at the time that the new model …
Nermin Hajdarbegovic / CoinDesk:
Price Drops as Mt. Gox Blames Bitcoin Flaw for Withdrawal Delays  —  Mt. Gox has issued a statement in an effort to address concerns raised by users after it suspended bitcoin withdrawals late last week.  The exchange insists it is working hard to address a technical issue that has made it impossible for users to make transfers.
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
BlackBerry BBM boss gone as company looks to strengthen enterprise business  —  BGR has learned from multiple sources that Executive Vice President Andrew Bocking is no longer with the company.  What is unconfirmed, however, is whether Bocking was fired or decided to leave on his own accord.
Ryan Knutson / Wall Street Journal:
Sprint Rethinks Acquiring T-Mobile After Public Antitrust Opposition  —  Justice Department, FCC Officials Expressed Strong Opposition to a Deal  —  Sprint Corp. officials are regrouping to decide whether trying to acquire smaller rival T-Mobile US Inc. makes sense after antitrust officials …
SecureMac:
New Apple Mac Trojan Called OSX/CoinThief Discovered  —  SecureMac has discovered a new Trojan Horse called OSX/CoinThief.A, which targets Mac OS X and spies on web traffic to steal Bitcoins.  This malware has been found in the wild, and there are multiple user reports of stolen Bitcoins.
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Windows 8.1 Update 1 accommodates too many needs, proves design by committee never works  —  What the Heck is Happening to Windows?  —  Is it better to burn out than fade away?  —  When critics described Windows 8.1 as a step backwards, I disagreed: Responding to customer complaints is never wrong …
Julia La Roche / Business Insider:
Carl Icahn Gives Up On Apple Buyback Plan  —  Billioniare investor Carl Icahn says that there's no reason to persist with Apple buyback proposal, according to new letter.  —  Icahn has amassed a huge stake in Apple.  —  He's also been suppotive of a stock buyback.
Melanie Hicken / CNNMoney.com:
Facebook's Zuckerberg tops list of America's 50 biggest donors  —  From Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to a “secret millionaire,” the country's 50 biggest donors were far more generous last year.  —  This crew donated a total of $7.7 billion in 2013, 4% more than in 2012, according to a new report from The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
The Intercept:
The NSA's Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program  —  The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes - an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple's iTunes Radio launches internationally, starting with Australia  —  Apple has finally taken its iTunes Radio streaming music service internationally: starting with Australia.  The service, which launched in the United States late last year, works on iPads, iPhones, iPods running iOS 7 …

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