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February 13, 2014, 3:55 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.
Wall Street Journal:
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.
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 10 different gender definitions to describe themselves …
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 …
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
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.”
Cromwell Schubarth / bizjournals:
Storage provider Tintri raises $75M, plans $1B-plus IPO next year  —  Tintri, a startup that provides storage for virtualization and cloud customers, has raised a $75 million Series E funding on its way to what it hopes will be a $1B-plus IPO in 2015.  —  CEO Ken Klein said the round was led …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
Uber expands background checks for all US drivers  —  All new Uber drivers in American markets will now need to undergo federal and county background checks, the private cab and ridesharing network announced in a blog post yesterday.  The new checks will also be run on current Uber drivers …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows 8 passes 200 million license sales  —  Microsoft has been rather quiet about its risky Windows 8 bet.  The company passed 100 million license sales of Windows 8 after around six months, but a year on the market came and went without any real update on its progress.
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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