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February 13, 2014, 12:00 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 …
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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.
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
To avoid obsolescence, buy Apple's hardware, use Google's services, and buy Amazon's media  —  How to Survive the Next Wave of Technology Extinction  —  Don't mock the beleaguered Nook owner.  That could have been you.  —  Five years ago, when the nation's largest chain of bookstores released …
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.
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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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 …
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.
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.
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Chitika:
Tablet Hourly Usage Study: iPad Dominates, Surface Users More Active During Working Hours  —  Microsoft has positioned its Surface tablets as devices more fit for work activities as compared to those from other manufacturers.  The question remains though, are Surface tablets actually being used …
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