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February 12, 2014, 1:45 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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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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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.
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 …
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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 …
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Slack, Flickr Co-Founder Butterfield's Business Collaboration App, Exits Beta & Goes Freemium  —  Stewart Butterfield, the co-founder of Flickr who eventually left its acquirer Yahoo and started TinySpeck (and an ill-fated multiplayer game called Glitch), last year decided to take a different turn …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
IBM's Watson Group Makes First Startup Investment In “Social Health Management” Pioneer, Welltok  —  Remember Watson?  Yes, the artificially intelligent, question-answering computer system developed by IBM that trounced two former champions on Jeopardy like they were a couple of kindergartners.
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 …

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