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February 12, 2014, 8:30 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 …
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.
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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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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 …
Loek Essers / PC World:
Dutch police seize hidden online marketplace Utopia  —  The Dutch National Police seized the hidden market place Utopia, which was used to sell illegal goods, the Dutch Public Prosecution Service said Tuesday.  —  Public Prosecution Service spokesman Wim de Bruin declined to say how the hidden site …
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.
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 …

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Rackspace:
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Announcing the New and Improved Zoho Docs for Android  —  From charting out flight plans to building a whole new website, everything is now available at your fingertips.  Businesses, small or big …
 

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