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February 11, 2014, 8:45 PM

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Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Social customer service company Lithium Technologies to acquire Klout for at least $100M  —  Exclusive: Lithium Technologies to Acquire Klout  —  Klout, the online popularity contest startup, is poised to be sold to social customer service company Lithium Technologies.
Samantha Murphy Kelly / Mashable:
Twitter Testing Major Profile Redesign That Looks a Lot Like Facebook  —  Twitter is testing a major profile redesign that's very reminiscent of Facebook and Google+.  Mashable assistant features editor Matt Petronzio spotted on Tuesday a huge update to his Twitter profile page …
Lorraine Luk / Digits:
Foxconn Is Quietly Working With Google on Robotics  —  But few people know the Taiwanese contract manufacturer, also known as Hon Hai Precision industry, has been quietly working with Google.  —  People familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal that Foxconn has been working …
Lan Anh Nguyen / Forbes:
Exclusive: Flappy Bird Creator Dong Nguyen Says App ‘Gone Forever’ Because It Was ‘An Addictive Product’  —  The mysterious developer of the world's most popular free app, who drew global attention this past weekend with his sudden decision to remove it, tells Forbes that Flappy Bird is dead.
Emily Spaven / CoinDesk:
Bitcoin Exchanges Under ‘Massive and Concerted Attack’  —  A “massive and concerted attack” has been launched by a bot system on numerous bitcoin exchanges, Andreas Antonopoulos has revealed.  —  This has lead to popular exchange Bitstamp putting a temporary halt on all bitcoin withdrawals …
Peter Burrows / Bloomberg:
Apple Promotes Young Smith to Run Human Resources  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) promoted Denise Young Smith to lead human resources, selecting an insider with experience in the retail-store division as the iPhone maker seeks to attract and retain top talent.  —  Smith is replacing Joel Podolny …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Netflix Says Verizon Isn't Slowing Down Its Streams  —  A federal court may have given the pipe guys clearance to start slowing down Web services like Netflix.  —  But so far, that's not happening, Netflix says.  —  That update comes to us via a note from J.P. Morgan analyst Doug Anmuth …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft staffs up its evolving Internet of Things team  —  Summary: Microsoft's Windows Embedded team seemingly has a new name, and may be expanding to have a broader charter.  —  Microsoft is staffing up its Internet of Things (IoT) team that is part of its unified Windows division and may be expanding its charter, as well.
Alex Kantrowitz / AdAge:
Mozilla To Sell Ads In Firefox Web Browser  —  Mozilla Will Serve Ads Within Tiles Of Its New Tab Pages  —  Mozilla will soon sell ads within its Firefox browser, the company announced Tuesday.  —  Wait, what?  Mozilla made itself the villian of the online ad business early last year …
Dominic Rushe / Guardian:
Bing censoring Chinese language search results for users in the US  —  English and Chinese language queries for terms like ‘Dalai Lama’ return radically different results on Microsoft search engine  —  Microsoft's search engine Bing appears to be censoring information for Chinese language users …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
New Windows Phone 8.1 features revealed in developer preview leaks  —  Microsoft has started sharing its Windows Phone 8.1 Software Development Kit (SDK) with developers, and the inevitable leaks have begun.  Over on Reddit, one developer is documenting all of the updates discovered in the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Showing Restaurant Menus In Card-Style Search Result  —  Google has started showing complete restaurant menus in its search results when a query specifically looks for menu information.  —  We think Allie Brown was the first to spot this when she shared the results of a search for “jones brunch menu” on Twitter.
More: 9to5Google and Aaron BradleyTweets: @alliebrown89
Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review:
Yahoo Expands Research Labs in Search of Personalized, Mobile Experiences  —  The rejuvenated research labs at Yahoo are investigating ways to predict what users want and new forms of mobile hardware.  —  There are many conflicting opinions about what troubled Web giant Yahoo must do to turn itself around …
Tweets: @techreviewThanks:@tsimonite
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy S5 teaser hints at new privacy and fitness features  —  We're not mathematicians, but we're fairly sure that you can't multiply Life to the power of five.  That hasn't stopped Samsung, however, from claiming as much on its latest MWC invite.  The company's “back-to-basics” …
Mathew J. Schwartz / InformationWeek:
DDoS Attack Hits 400 Gbit/s, Breaks Record  —  A distributed denial-of-service NTP reflection attack was reportedly 33% bigger than last year's attack against Spamhaus.  —  A record-breaking distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack Monday peaked at 400 Gbit/s, which is about 100 Gbit/s …

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