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February 13, 2014, 6:35 PM

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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
The Silk Road 2 has been hacked for $2.7 million  —  The second incarnation of the Silk Road has run into some trouble, with the administrator known as Defcon claiming today the site has fallen victim to a hack, and that all the associated accounts have been emptied.
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.
Bloomberg:
Lenovo Projects End to Motorola Losses With China Phone  —  Lenovo Group Ltd. (992), which posted a 29 percent surge in profit today, expects to end losses at Motorola Mobility within quarters of completing a deal as it reintroduces the smartphone brand to China.
Sam Biddle / Valleywag:
Pando Spikes a Post Critical of a Company It Shares Investors With  —  The crookedest little bloghouse in Silicon Valley just hit a new low, it appears: A negative story about Birchbox, a beauty-product site with which Pando shares investors, was deleted shortly after being published.
Scott Austin / Digits:
DocuSign is raising $100M on a valuation as high as $1.5B  —  DocuSign Shoots for Valuation Above $1 Billion  —  DocuSign may soon be the latest entrant to the billion-dollar startup club.  The electronic signature software company is in the process of raising about $100 million …
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Front Desk Raises $4M Series A Led by Floodgate To Expand Its Mobile Business Management Service  —  Front Desk, a software as a service platform and mobile business management tool that can handle things like scheduling, payments and client management, today announced that it has raised a $4 million Series A round.
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.

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