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February 14, 2014, 4:55 PM

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Mayumi Negishi / Wall Street Journal:
Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten to buy voice-call app maker Viber for $900 million  —  Rakuten to Buy Voice-Call App Maker Viber  —  Japanese e-commerce Giant to Spend $900 million  —  TOKYO—Japan's Rakuten Inc. said it will acquire call-application maker Cyprus-based Viber Media Inc …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Exclusive Interview: Rakuten's Mikitani Calls $900 Million He Paid for Viber a “No-Brainer”  —  “This is a no-brainer,” was the first thing that Hiroshi Mikitani, co-founder and CEO of Japan's online commerce giant Rakuten, said to me in his first interview after he spent $900 million in cash to buy messaging app Viber.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Major League Baseball Completes iBeacon Installation at First Two Ballparks  —  Major League Baseball is set to announce on Friday morning that it has finished outfitting its first two ballparks with iBeacon sensors that will shoot messages to baseball game attendees' phones this upcoming season.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Apple and Samsung headed back to court after mediation talks fail, say reports  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung's mobile chief and co-CEO JK Shin reportedly met last week to try and thrash out a settlement to their long-running intellectual property dispute.
Wall Street Journal:
Target cyber security staff raised concerns at least two months before data breach  —  Target Warned of Vulnerabilities Before Data Breach  —  Target Corp.'s computer security staff raised concerns about vulnerabilities in the retailer's payment card system at least two months …
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Shane Cole / AppleInsider:
Court grants Apple's motion to dismiss Siri misrepresentation lawsuit  —  After two years of legal maneuvering, U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken on Friday dismissed with prejudice a lawsuit alleging that Apple's iPhone 4S advertisements had misrepresented the capabilities of the company's Siri personal digital assistant.
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Ina Fried / Re/code:
Now There's a Federal Bill to Require a Smartphone “Kill Switch”  —  Following on the heels of a California bill, four Democratic senators on Thursday proposed a federal law that would require those that make cellular devices to equip them with the ability to be permanently deactivated if stolen.
Adam Entous / Wall Street Journal:
U.S.-South Korea Communications Won't Use Huawei Gear  —  U.S. Had Been Concerned Huawei Equipment Could Be Used for Spying  —  SEOUL—South Korea has addressed U.S. concerns about letting a Chinese telecommunications company develop the country's advanced wireless network by agreeing …
Samuel Gibbs / Guardian:
Thousands of Tesco.com customer accounts suspended after hacker attack  —  More than 2,000 leaked usernames and passwords forced the retailer to suspend online shopping accounts  —  Tesco has been forced to deactivate online customer accounts after thousands of login details, including passwords, were posted online.

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