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February 12, 2014, 4:50 AM

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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 …
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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.
Om Malik / Gigaom:
Sources: mobile app store GetJar acquired by Sungy Mobile for over $50M  —  Exclusive: GetJar, an early app store maker, has been acquired  —  GetJar, a San Mateo, Calif.-based company that once was viewed as the king of mobile app distribution, is in the process of being acquired by Sungy Mobile Limited.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mac Pro ship date slips to April as profiteers mark up computer 50% or more  —  Supply-demand mismatch gets worse, not better, for Apple's dark tower  —  Apple continued to have problems meeting demand for its radically redesigned Mac Pro desktop computer, with ship dates today extending into April.
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.
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 …
Christina Warren / Mashable:
28 Days of Fame: The Strange, True Story of ‘Flappy Bird’  —  In just a few weeks, the mobile app Flappy Bird became a global phenomenon.  It was a simple game, but frustrating and endless.  Sharing many similarities with the famous Helicopter Game — only with Super Nintendo-style graphics …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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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