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February 12, 2014, 5:50 PM

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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 …
Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Plan New Set-Top Box Amid Time Warner Cable Talks  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) is planning to introduce a new Apple TV set-top box as early as April and is negotiating with Time Warner Cable Inc. and other potential partners to add video content, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
IDC: Android and iOS accounted for 95.7% of global smartphone shipments in Q4 2013, and 93.8% for the year  —  Android and iOS accounted for 95.7 percent of all smartphone shipments in Q4 2013, and for 93.8 percent of all smartphone shipments for the whole year.
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 …
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Nokia Lumia Icon coming to Verizon February 20th for $200 (hands-on)  —  Yes, Windows Phones are finally keeping up with the Joneses.  Thanks to the latest update, smartphones running Microsoft's mobile OS can now have top-of-the-line components.  We got a good taste of how this feels …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Email Attack on Vendor Set Up Breach at Target  —  The breach at Target Corp. that exposed credit card and personal data on more than 110 million consumers appears to have begun with a malware-laced email phishing attack sent to employees at an HVAC firm that did business with the nationwide retailer …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google partners with VMware to let Chrome OS users access their Windows desktops, data, and applications  —  Google today announced it has partnered with VMWare to bring Windows access to Chrome OS.  More specifically, if you own a Chromebook, you can now use VMware Horizon DaaS to manage …
Erin Griffith / Fortune:
Betaworks unveils Alphaworks, a new equity crowdfunding platform  —  The New York “startup factory” has invested $1 million alongside SV Angel and Lerer Ventures to make equity crowdfunding easier for startups.  —  FORTUNE — Since forming in 2008, Betaworks has launched dozens of its own products and invested in 130 startups.
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Reuters:
Toyota to recall 1.9 mln Prius cars for software defect in hybrid system  —  Toyota Motor Corp on Wednesday issued a recall covering all 1.9 million of the third-generation Prius cars sold worldwide, due to a programming glitch in their hybrid system.  —  About half of the recalls are in Japan …
Mark Scott / NYT Bits:
Supercell Revenue and Profit Soars  —  LONDON - Supercell, the Finnish gaming company behind the popular Clash of Clans and Hay Day franchises, has pretty good reason to be happy.  —  On Wednesday, the tech company announced that its revenue had risen almost ninefold last year, to $892 million, compared with 2012.
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.
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?
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Continuing Local Efforts, Yahoo More Deeply Integrates OpenTable Reservations Into Search  —  Yahoo has begun integrating OpenTable reservations more deeply into its local search results, in a move that looks very much like its recent one with Yelp.  —  But, unlike Yelp, it is not due …
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
PayPal-owned StackMob to shut down on May 11 so team can focus on mobile payment technology  —  We now know what PayPal is going to be doing with the StackMob team.  In a blog post, co-founders Ty Amell and Will Palmeri announced that the platform-as-a-service company will be shutting down in order to …
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Outlines Its Principles For Handling Government Data Requests  —  Joining other leading technology firms, Dropbox today detailed the number of national security requests it received in the preceding 12 months for user data of its customers: 0-249.  —  While Dropbox applauded …

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