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February 14, 2014, 12:25 AM

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Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Microsoft's Shaw to NYT's Manjoo “you are using a rear-view mirror, not a windshield, to look at the road 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.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Silk Road 2.0 ‘Hack’ Blamed On Bitcoin Bug, All Funds Stolen  —  The same bug that has plagued several of the biggest players in the Bitcoin economy may have just bitten the Silk Road.  —  On Thursday, one of the recently-reincarnated drug-selling black market site's administrators posted …
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 …
Lisa Jennings / Nation's Restaurant News:
Taco Bell testing mobile ordering for in-store pickup, will roll out nationally this year  —  Taco Bell to offer mobile ordering nationwide  —  Taco Bell is preparing to roll out mobile ordering nationwide later this year, a move that will likely fuel a trend expected to shake up the quick-service world.
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 …
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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.
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple wants to stop, track down spammers with automated disposable email addresses  —  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application describing a system that thwarts spam mail by automatically generating and handling “disposable” email addresses, all while being transparent to the end user.
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 …
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.
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
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
PlayStation 4 beat Xbox One for January console sales, but Xbox One sold more games  —  Sony and Microsoft are both trumpeting market share wins from NPD's January US gaming data.  Sony declared its PlayStation 4 the top-selling console last month, while Microsoft took credit for selling the most games.
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
Wireless access point maker Aerohive Networks files for $75M IPO  —  Breaking: Wireless Company Aerohive Networks Publicly Files For IPO  —  Aerohive Networks is going public.  —  The wireless access point maker based in Sunnyvale, CA submitted a public S-1 form to the Securities and Exchange Commission Thursday.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft signs Android patent deal with Voxx Electronics  —  Summary: Microsoft has added Voxx Electronics to its list of Android patent licensees.  —  Microsoft may be considering ways to entice Android developers and handset makers to join the Windows world, but that isn't stopping …

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