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February 13, 2014, 10:55 AM

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Bloomberg:
Comcast Agrees to Buy Time Warner Cable for $45.2 Billion  —  Comcast Corp. agreed to acquire Time Warner Cable Inc. for $45.2 billion, combining the two largest U.S. cable companies in an all-stock transaction.  —  Investors of New York-based Time Warner Cable will receive 2.875 new Comcast stock …
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 …
Mario Aguilar / Gizmodo:
NYC's Touchscreen Subway Maps Are Finally Here, and They're Amazing  —  New York subway riders first were promised futuristic touchscreen wayfinding maps a year ago.  But the plan to install the futuristic infrastructure stalled as the design team took a step back to improve the hardware.
Yoni Heisler / TUAW:
A look at Apple's R&D expenditures from 1995-2013  —  For a company that makes as much money as Apple, you might be surprised to learn that it spends far less on Research and Development (R&D) than many of its competitors, including bigwigs like Google, Microsoft, and Samsung.
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Loek Essers / PC World:
Linking to a website doesn't infringe copyright, Europe's Court of Justice says  —  The owner of a website does not require authorization of the copyright holder to link to freely accessible copyright works on another site, even if Internet users get the impression that the work is appearing …
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Dropbox Hires Google's Woodside as Operating Chief  —  Company Veteran Was Motorola CEO Under Google  —  Dropbox Inc., the fast-growing online storage company, plans to name Google Inc. executive Dennis Woodside as its first chief operating officer, according to three people familiar with the matter.
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
To survive tech extinctions, buy Apple's hardware, use Google's services, buy Amazon's media  —  How to Survive the Next Wave of Technology Extinction  —  Don't mock the beleaguered Nook owner.  That could have been you.  —  Five years ago, when the nation's largest chain of bookstores released …
Michael Gorman / Engadget:
LG's extra-large G Pro 2 packs a 4K video camera and knock code unlock feature  —  BY MICHAEL GORMAN @NUMESON FEB 12TH 2014 9:04PM  —  Looks like LG wants to get out ahead of all the smartphone news soon to come from Barcelona at Mobile World Congress, as the South Korean company has officially announced the G Pro 2.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
ISP lobby has already won limits on public broadband in 20 states  —  We must stop the proliferation of Internet!  —  South Park Studios  —  It's no secret that private Internet service providers hate when cities and towns decide to enter the telecommunications business themselves.
More: SlashGear
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
Finally, here come the 64-bit Windows 8.1 tablets  —  At least one major PC maker is expected to show an Intel “Bay Trail” tablet running 64-bit Windows 8.1 at Mobile World Congress, according to a source familiar with upcoming plans for those tablets.  —  Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Lenovo …
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Foreign regimes use spyware against journalists, even in U.S.  —  Mesay Mekonnen was at his desk, at a news service based in Northern Virginia, when gibberish suddenly exploded across his computer screen one day in December.  A sophisticated cyber-attack was underway.
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 …
Tweets: @garyvee and @marshallk
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
Apple Says Supplies Don't Come From War Zones  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Apple published on Thursday its supplier responsibility report, an annual audit of the contract workers who produce and assemble its iPhones, iPads and other hardware in factories outside the United States.
Chitika:
Tablet Hourly Usage Study: iPad Dominates, Surface Users More Active During Working Hours  —  Microsoft has positioned its Surface tablets as devices more fit for work activities as compared to those from other manufacturers.  The question remains though, are Surface tablets actually being used …
More: ForbesTweets: @dujkan
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.
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Ahead of Acquisition Binge, Lenovo Quarterly Revenue Tops $10 Billion for First Time  —  Lenovo, which is in the process of buying IBM's server business and Google's Motorola phone business, said Thursday that its existing business topped $10 billion in quarterly revenue, a first for the company.
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 …
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Parents resume privacy fight vs. Facebook over use of children's images in ads  —  A group of parents, backed by child advocacy and privacy groups, plans to ask a federal appeals court Thursday to throw out a settlement with Facebook over its use of children's images in advertisements.

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