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February 11, 2014, 5:20 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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Samantha Murphy Kelly / Mashable:
Twitter Testing Major Redesign That Looks a Lot Like Facebook  —  What's This?  —  Twitter is testing a major 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 …
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.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Acquires Social Diary Company Wander For A Price Over $10M  —  Yahoo has acquired New York-based startup Wander.  —  The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but based on rumors I heard last night at the Crunchies, it appears that the price was north of $10 million.
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 …
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” …
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?
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Netflix moves into deep learning research to improve personalization  —  Google isn't the only company looking to make lots and lots of computers function more like human brains.  —  In a blog post published earlier today, Netflix research engineers Alex Chen, Justin Basilico …

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