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February 10, 2014, 12:15 PM

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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 …
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.
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.
Gavin Andresen / Bitcoin Foundation:
Contrary to Mt. Gox's Statement, Bitcoin is not at fault  —  The issues that Mt. Gox has been experiencing are due to an unfortunate interaction between Mt. Gox's implementation of their highly customized wallet software, their customer support procedures, and their unpreparedness …
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.
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.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Pacemaker and Spotify cue up the iPad's simplest DJ app  —  A slick interface and 20 million tracks turn the tables on Traktor and Djay  —  Jonas Norberg built two great products that nobody used.  The first was the award-winning Pacemaker, a wonderfully nerdy beatmaking gadget that cost $850.
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Wikipedia vs. the Small Screen  —  The Internet behemoths Google and Facebook have proved they can still attract users and advertisers as their traffic shifts from desktops to mobile devices.  —  But at Wikipedia, the giant online encyclopedia, the transition to a mobile world raises …

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