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February 13, 2014, 8:45 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.
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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 …
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.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Acquires Technical Recruiting Startup Distill  —  Yahoo just acquired a San Francisco-based startup called Distill, which was working on a way to make technical recruiting easier by pairing video interviews and programming challenges.  They had raised $1.3 million in funding …
Tweets: @joshconstine and @dsaezgilThanks:@anthonyha
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.
Alistair Barr / USA Today:
Google working on 10 gigabit Internet speeds  —  Project to develop ‘next generation’ of the Internet is part of Google's broader obsession with speed, CFO says  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Google is working on technology that will provide data transfer speeds over the Internet that are many times faster …
More: CNET and DSLreportsTweets: @georgebludger and @davethefuturist
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 …
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.
More: BGR and Control GroupTweets: @stevesi
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.
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Microsoft's Shaw to NYT's Manjoo: you're using a rear-view mirror, not a windshield, to look ahead  —  Microsoft PR Chief Shreds New NY Times Columnist Over His Advice Column  —  The New York Times recently hired former Slate (and former Wall Street Journal) technology columnist Farhad Manjoo.
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: Engadget and SlashGear
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.
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.
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.
Jason Clampet / Skift:
Study indicates 2/3 of Airbnb's 19.5K NYC listings have offsite owners, violating city law  —  Airbnb in NYC: The Real Numbers Behind the Sharing Story  —  The five biggest neighborhoods for Airbnb are in parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan with few hotels.  Skift / Mapbox

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