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February 10, 2014, 4:10 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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Nellie Bowles / Re/code:
The 2,500-Person Tech Mixer That Was Not a Party  —  Andrew Vecchio, the co-founder and CEO of Startup and Tech Mixer, wanted to make it absolutely clear that his Friday night event — with 2,500 attendees, a bouncy blowup game of Twister, and a mechanical bull in downtown San Francisco's W Hotel — was not a party.
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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 …
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.

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