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February 12, 2014, 2:35 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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
More: TechCrunchThanks:@pe_feeds
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 …
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.
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.
Loek Essers / PC World:
Dutch police seize hidden online marketplace Utopia  —  The Dutch National Police seized the hidden market place Utopia, which was used to sell illegal goods, the Dutch Public Prosecution Service said Tuesday.  —  Public Prosecution Service spokesman Wim de Bruin declined to say how the hidden site …
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 …
More: ReadWrite and StackMob
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.

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