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February 11, 2014, 4:50 AM

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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 …
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 …
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 …
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
This blogger paid Facebook to promote his page.  He got 80,000 bogus Likes instead.  —  If you manage a Facebook page for a company, interest or organization, then you know there are two main reasons Facebook Likes are important.  One is pretty obvious: The number of Likes you receive …
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Barnes & Noble Fired Its Nook Hardware Engineering Staff  —  Barnes & Noble laid off its Nook hardware engineers, according to a source that tipped Business Insider.  —  The engineers were let go last Thursday, according to our source.  This follows Barnes & Noble dismissing the VP of Hardware, Bill Saperstein in January.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Netflix performance on Verizon and Comcast has been dropping for months  —  Comcast streams Netflix at just the right speed for the Slowskys.  —  Netflix's speed rankings show that video streaming performance on Verizon and Comcast has been dropping for the past three to four months.
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Sophisticated Spy Tool ‘The Mask’ Rages Undetected for 7 Years  —  PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic - Researchers have uncovered a sophisticated cyber spying operation that has been alive since at least 2007 and uses techniques and code that surpass any nation-state spyware previously spotted in the wild.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Facebook Changed How The News Feed Works — And Huge Website Upworthy Suddenly Shrank In Half  —  In November, viral-content-for-a-cause site Upworthy posted insane traffic numbers, reaching almost 90 million people around the world, according to Quantcast.  —  Then, in December …
Joe Palazzolo / Law Blog:
Apple Loses Bid to Shake Monitor But Doesn't Walk Away Empty-Handed  —  Apple Inc. will have to submit to a court-imposed monitor while the technology company challenges a ruling holding it liable for conspiring to raise the price of electronic books, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Future Samsung phones could share what you type with other apps  —  ‘Context’ would reportedly share typing, sensor data, and app use  —  Samsung is said to be considering letting app developers know a whole lot more detail about what individual users do with their phones.
Derrick Harris / Gigaom:
Red Hat and Hortonworks fuse Hadoop and cloud in new partnership  —  Hortonworks' strategy of riding its channel partners to commercial success took a seemingly big step forward on Monday with the announcement of a new strategic partnership with Red Hat.  Under the new alliance …
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Thousands of tech companies, groups, sites join “The Day We Fight Back” anti-NSA protest on Tuesday  —  Reddit, Mozilla, Tumblr and more gear up for massive NSA protest tomorrow  —  Caption: SOPA protests in San Francisco.  —  Source: Wikipedia  —  Remember the Internet's reaction to SOPA and PIPA?
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Microsoft beats Google by adding Bitcoin currency conversion to Bing  —  Microsoft today added Bitcoin currency conversion to Bing, which supports over 50 currencies in its index.  Conversion is as simple as typing in “x btc to currency” or “x currency to btc.”  The data is provided by digital wallet company Coinbase:
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.

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