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February 14, 2014, 2:45 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.
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.
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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Japan Display, world's biggest tablet and smartphone display maker, plans $4 billion IPO  —  Japan Display to List for $4 Billion  —  World's Biggest Maker of Tablet, Smartphone Displays to Trade on Tokyo Exchange  —  TOKYO—Japan Display Inc., the world's biggest maker of smartphone …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft extends date for OEM preloads of Windows 7 for business users  —  Summary: Business users will be able to buy PCs with Windows 7 Professional preloaded beyond October 2014, according to a new change in Microsoft's lifecycle policy.  —  Microsoft is going to allow OEMs to continue …
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 …
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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