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February 13, 2014, 8:30 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 …
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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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 …
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 …
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Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Rizvi Traverse to Lead $250 Million Investment in Jawbone at $3.3 Billion Valuation  —  Jawbone, the maker of innovative consumer electronic devices such as the activity-tracking Up wristband, is poised to complete a new $250 million round of funding that values the company at $3.3 billion …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Zach Rodgers / AdExchanger:
Facebook Drops Two Mobile Ad Partners For Keeping Data Too Long  —  Facebook has cut two partners from its mobile ad measurement program for failing to honor its policies around data retention and disclosure, AdExchanger has learned.  —  The companies, HasOffers and Kontagent …
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.
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.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Meet Rise, The Diet App That Helped Me Lose 20 Pounds (And Keep It Off During The Holidays)  —  Dieting isn't easy.  In fact, it's pretty damn hard.  Most diet plans have strict guidelines that are difficult to stand by.  Hiring a nutritionist can be effective, but the cost is generally out of reach for most people.
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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 …
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 …

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