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February 13, 2014, 2:25 PM

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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 …
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.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple set to discontinue legacy, non-Retina iPad 2  —  After nearly three years on the market, Apple's second-generation iPad, which sports an A5 processor and non-Retina display, is now on the chopping block, and is expected to be discontinued in the near future, AppleInsider has learned.
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Google's requirements from Android device makers draw EU antitrust scrutiny  —  Android's ‘Open’ System Has Limits  —  To Get Access to Key Google Apps, Device Makers Abide by Company's Strict Terms  —  Google Inc. says its Android mobile operating system is “open.”
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.
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Ina Fried / Re/code:
Nathan Myhrvold's Intellectual Ventures Cutting Five Percent of Workforce  —  Intellectual Ventures, the invention house and patent consolidator run by former Microsoft executive Nathan Myhrvold, is cutting five percent of its workforce.  —  “We continue to refine our business and in doing …
More: GeekWire
Wall Street Journal:
Google, Microsoft, Comcast, others to announce WifiForward coalition to lobby for more Wi-Fi spectrum  —  Tech Companies Push for Greater Wi-Fi Access  —  Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter, Google, Microsoft Set to Announce Coalition  —  As mobile data traffic continues to skyrocket, Wi-Fi is getting a lot more attention.
More: The Verge
Sarah Silbert / Engadget:
Verizon's More Everything plan takes on T-Mobile with increased data, unlimited international messaging from the US  —  Yesterday Verizon hinted that something “More” was coming, and that's just what the carrier detailed this morning.  Its new More Everything plans will replace current Share …
Michael Gorman / Engadget:
LG's extra-large G Pro 2 packs a 4K video camera and knock code unlock feature  —  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.
TechCrunch:
Facebook Opens Up LGBTQ-Friendly Gender Identity And Pronoun Options  —  Facebook has just updated to let users choose the gender pronoun they associate with.  Aside from the usual “male” and “female” options, users can choose up to ten different gender definitions to describe themselves …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Square Cash makes requesting money from friends as easy as CC'ing request@square.com  —  Square Cash now lets you request money from friends  —  Square Cash's sheer simplicity has made it my go-to service for sending money to friends, and now Square's hoping to make requesting money just as simple.
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 …
Bambi Francisco Roizen / VatorNews:
Learning site Curious lands $15M, starts monetizing  —  GSV Asset Management leads round; Teachers can now charge and get tips from student  —  Curious, an online marketplace for life-long learning, just raised $15 million in its second round of financing, led by GSV Asset Management …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
BBM Update Adds Voice Calls, Channels, Dropbox And Location Sharing For iOS And Android Users  —  A new update to the BBM apps for iOS and Android add a laundry list of anticipated features to the messaging platform.  BBM Voice makes its first appearance on the Android and iPhone clients …
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
Apple says supplies of tantalum do not come from war zones, pushes other suppliers for conflict-free minerals  —  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 …
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: BGR and SlashGear
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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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
500 Startups Launches Its First Two AngelList Syndicates, Including One Just For Female Founders  —  Since being founded in 2010, 500 Startups has been pushing the limits of what you might expect from a seed-stage investment fund.  In just a few short years, it has invested in more than 600 startups …

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