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February 12, 2014, 10:50 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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
More: WebProNews
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Alibaba Backs New E-Commerce Site 11 Main, Big U.S. Splash Still to Come  —  Alibaba Group confirmed on Tuesday that two of its subsidiaries are creating a new U.S. e-commerce site called 11 Main, which will be a marketplace for local merchants to sell their goods online.
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 …
More: TechEyeTweets: @satariano
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 …

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