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February 12, 2014, 9:10 PM

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Bloomberg:
Apple to unveil updated Apple TV set-top box by April, release for holidays amid Time Warner, other partner negotiations  —  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 …
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 …
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:
Verizon “More Everything” Launches Tomorrow - Increased Data Caps, Lower Prices For Edge Subscribers  —  The big US carriers are currently falling all over themselves to tweak their plan offerings to be more competitive with each other.  After changing the upgrade window of its Edge plans last month …
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.
Kurt Wagner / Mashable:
Facebook Testing ‘Water Taxi’ to Shuttle Employees From San Francisco  —  All aboard the Facebook ferry.  —  The social network launched a private ferry service last week that will shuttle employees between San Francisco and Redwood City, just a few miles from company headquarters in Menlo Park …
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 …
Jared Nelson / Touch Arcade:
‘CandySwipe’, a Game Released Two Years Before ‘Candy Crush’, is the Latest Victim of the King.com Candy Trademark “Saga”  —  Last month, Candy Crush Saga creator King.com angered the entire internet by announcing their intention to trademark the word “candy” (and the word “saga” but that's another, er, saga).
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 …
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 …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Gary Vaynerchuk Launches New $25 Million Seed Fund  —  Gary Vaynerchuk, the well-known entrepreneur, is launching a $25 million seed fund, which is backed by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross.  —  In an interview, Vaynerchuk said it was not a “pure investment play,” but will focus on operating …
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 …
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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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Marc Andreessen: Tech Is Still Recovering From A Depression  —  Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, Palantir co-founder Joe Lonsdale and Goldman Sachs COO Gary Cohn sat down today at the Goldman Sachs conference in San Francisco, to talk about the thing investors always talk about: Tech.
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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 …
Shara Tibken / CNET:
PCs sales may suck, but people still are buying Nvidia GPUs  —  Nvidia can always count on the gamers.  —  The Santa Clara, Calif., graphics chipmaker on Wednesday posted fiscal fourth-quarter revenue and earnings that were better than analysts had expected.

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