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February 13, 2014, 12:55 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.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Apple TV's scaled-back plans would rely on cable providers to acquire programming rights  —  Apple in Talks to Revamp Set-Top Box  —  Scaled-Back Plans Would Rely on Cable Providers to Acquire Programming Rights  —  Apple Inc. appears to be scaling back its lofty TV industry plans.
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.
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.”
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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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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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 …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Google, Microsoft, Comcast, others to announce WifiForward coalition to expand access to Wi-Fi  —  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.
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 …

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