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February 13, 2014, 2:00 AM

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David Faber / @davidfaber:
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Comcast to Buy Time Warner Cable in $44.2 Billion All-Stock Deal, Says CNBC  —  CNBC's David Faber this evening tweeted that multiple unnamed sources have indicated him Comcast (CMCSA) will announce tomorrow a deal to purchase Time Warner Cable (TWC) for $159 per share, in an all-stock deal.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Here's Why the Biggest Cable Company in the Country Thinks It Can Get Bigger  —  So Comcast, in a sort-of surprise, is going to end up buying all of Time Warner Cable for itself.  —  If you are a regular person, and you hear that the biggest cable company in the country is going to buy …
Bloomberg:
Apple to unveil updated Apple TV set-top box by April, release for holidays amid Time Warner, other partner negotiations  —  Apple Said to Plan New Set-Top Box Amid Time Warner Cable Talks  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) is planning to introduce a new Apple TV set-top box as early as April …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Here's What the New Apple TV Could Look Like (Hint: Check Your iPad)  —  Apple is reportedly prepping a new version of Apple TV, which would work like a cable set-top box.  Apple is working with Time Warner Cable to launch the device this year, Bloomberg says.
More: MacRumors and GigaomTweets: @fmanjoo
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Strange bedfellows: Microsoft could bring Android apps to Windows  —  Of Microsoft's many challenges in mobile, none loom larger than the app deficit: it only takes a popular new title like Flappy Bird to highlight what the company is missing out on.  Windows 8 apps are also few and far between …
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:
Verizon “More Everything” Launches Tomorrow - Increased Data Caps, Lower Prices For Edge Subscribers  —  The big US carriers are currently falling all over themselves to tweak their plan offerings to be more competitive with each other.  After changing the upgrade window of its Edge plans last month …
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 …
Tweets: @garyvee and @marshallk
Kurt Wagner / Mashable:
Facebook Testing ‘Water Taxi’ to Shuttle Employees From San Francisco  —  All aboard the Facebook ferry.  —  The social network launched a private ferry service last week that will shuttle employees between San Francisco and Redwood City, just a few miles from company headquarters in Menlo Park …
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.
More: MacDailyNewsTweets: @pmarca and @hkanjiThanks:@anderzole
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
IDC: Android and iOS accounted for 95.7% of global smartphone shipments in Q4 2013, and 93.8% for the year  —  Android and iOS accounted for 95.7 percent of all smartphone shipments in Q4 2013, and for 93.8 percent of all smartphone shipments for the whole year.
Dan Rayburn / StreamingMediaBlog.com:
Netflix's Streaming Quality Is Based On Business Decisions by Netflix & ISPs, Not Net Neutrality  —  Over the past two days, there's been some news articles suggesting that some ISPs, like Verizon, may be purposely throttling or slowing Netflix's video content over their last mile network, because of the recent Net Neutrality rulings.
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.
Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review:
Startup Datacoup Will Pay You $8 a Month If You Feed It Data from Facebook, Twitter, and Your Credit Card  —  A startup called Datacoup is far from the only tech company hoping to get rich by selling insights mined from your personal data.  But it may be the only one offering to give you money for that information.
More: VCPOST and MotherboardTweets: @techreview
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.
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 …
Jared Nelson / Touch Arcade:
‘CandySwipe’, a Game Released Two Years Before ‘Candy Crush’, is the Latest Victim of the King.com Candy Trademark “Saga”  —  Last month, Candy Crush Saga creator King.com angered the entire internet by announcing their intention to trademark the word “candy” (and the word “saga” but that's another, er, saga).
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.
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.
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 …

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