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February 12, 2014, 11:50 AM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Strange bedfellows: Microsoft could bring Android apps to Windows  —  Of Microsoft's many challenges in mobile, none loom larger than the app deficit: it only takes a popular new title like Flappy Bird to highlight what the company is missing out on.  Windows 8 apps are also few and far between …
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 …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET:
Steve Jobs time capsule dug up after 30 years: Exclusive video  —  Lost Steve Jobs mouse found after 30 years  —  For 30 years, a potentially priceless piece of technology history was lost somewhere beneath Aspen, Colo.  —  At the Aspen International Design Conference in 1983 …
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Google's $3.2 Billion Nest Acquisition Is Now Final  —  Google said in a regulatory filing this morning that it closed its acquisition of Nest on February 7.  —  The $3.2 billion cash deal brings the smart thermostat and smoke-detecting hardware company and its team — led by Apple's former iPod head …
Joe Brown / Wired:
A Snapchat Hack Is Sending People Pictures of Smoothies  —  This happened to me about an hour ago: I started getting texts from friends asking if I had intentionally snapped them photos of smoothies festooned with the URL of a scammy website.  I had not.  Honest mistake; I get weird on Snapchat.
Will Oremus / Slate:
The Rise of the Facebook Truthers  —  Journalists will believe anything about the social network, as long as it's totally outlandish.  —  Something about Facebook makes journalists lose their minds.  How else to explain the seemingly unending procession of stories based on wild speculation and implausible conspiracy theories?
Wall Street Journal:
EU Pushes to Globalize Internet Governance  —  European Commission to Propose Steps to Curb U.S. Influence Over Key Web Functions  —  BRUSSELS—The European Union's executive body is raising pressure to reduce U.S. influence over the Internet's architecture amid what it called weakened confidence …
Ben Thompson / stratechery:
Microsoft's Mobile Muddle  —  Saying “Microsoft missed mobile” is a bit unfair; Windows Mobile came out way back in 2000, and the whole reason Google bought Android was fear that Microsoft would dominate mobile the way they dominated the PC era.  It turned out, though, that mobile devices …
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Open-source video platform Kaltura scores $47M  —  Kaltura, an open-source video platform, raised an additional $47 million in funding today.  —  The company's platform is based on open-source software that enables its clients to host, publish, manage, monetize, and analyze video content.
Nicole Perlroth / NYT Bits:
The Day the Internet Didn't Fight Back  —  So much for mass protest.  —  A consortium of Internet and privacy activists had long promoted Feb. 11 as the day the Internet would collectively stand up and shout down surveillance by the National Security Agency.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Xbox One will get multiplayer tweaks and headset accessories ahead of ‘Titanfall’ release  —  Early March update improves party chat and friends list features  —  As an Xbox One system update rolls out this week, Microsoft has revealed more details on the multiplayer-focused improvements coming to the console next month.
Bloomberg:
Google Deal Machine Ramps Up to Pass Intel in Top Spot  —  Google Inc., the company that leads Internet search, has gained a new superlative: top dealmaker.  —  From buying a digital-thermostat developer to selling a mobile-phone business, Google has executed more deals than any company …
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Kim Zetter / Wired:
Hacked X-Rays Could Slip Guns Past Airport Security  —  PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic — Could a threat-simulation feature found in airport x-ray machines around the country be subverted to mask weapons or other contraband hidden in a traveler's carry-on?  —  The answer is yes …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Alibaba Backs New E-Commerce Site 11 Main, Big U.S. Splash Still to Come  —  Alibaba Group confirmed on Tuesday that two of its subsidiaries are creating a new U.S. e-commerce site called 11 Main, which will be a marketplace for local merchants to sell their goods online.
Jennifer Van Grove / CNET:
Facebook: 200M people have watched their Look Back videos  —  For its 10-year anniversary, Facebook gave each of its members a one-minute video set to music that featured their top social-networking moments.  The company said Tuesday that nearly 200 million people have watched their “Look Back” videos.
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