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February 13, 2014, 7:15 AM

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Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Comcast confirms $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable  —  Comcast has just made official the deal rumored last night: it is acquiring Time Warner Cable in a $45.2 billion deal.  Officially, it is presented as a merger between the two US networking giants, though the reality is that Comcast …
Om Malik / Gigaom:
Comcast and Time Warner Cable: Forget TV, it is all about broadband  —  If it is allowed to gobble up its number two rival, Time Warner Cable, Philadelphia-based Comcast will become the largest broadband provider in the United States, and perhaps the largest outside China.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Here's Why the Biggest Cable Company in the Country Thinks It Can Get Bigger  —  So Comcast, in a sort-of surprise, is going to end up buying all of Time Warner Cable for itself.  —  If you are a regular person, and you hear that the biggest cable company in the country is going to buy …
David Gelles / DealBook:
Comcast Set to Acquire Time Warner Cable for $45 Billion  —  Comcast will announce a deal to acquire Time Warner Cable in an all-stock deal worth more than $45 billion that will unite the biggest and second largest cable television operators in the country, according to people briefed on the matter.
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 …
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 …
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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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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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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Inside Endgame: A Second Act For The Blackwater Of Hacking  —  In the classic hacker career narrative, a juvenile genius breaks into the Internet's most sensitive networks, gets caught and then settles into a lucrative corporate gig selling his skills for defense.
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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 …
Jared Nelson / Touch Arcade:
‘CandySwipe’, a Game Released Two Years Before ‘Candy Crush’, is the Latest Victim of the King.com Candy Trademark “Saga”  —  Last month, Candy Crush Saga creator King.com angered the entire internet by announcing their intention to trademark the word “candy” (and the word “saga” but that's another, er, saga).

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