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February 14, 2014, 6:45 PM

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft Office on iPad: It's alive and coming sooner than most think  —  Summary: Microsoft's Office for iPad, codenamed Miramar, isn't dead.  In fact, it just might beat Microsoft's own touch-first Office implementation for Windows to market.  —  It must be a slow news day.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
UrbanSitter Raises $15M To Harness The Power Of Social Recommendations In Child Care  —  UrbanSitter, an online service for parents and sitters to connect, has raised $15 million in Series B funding led by DBL Investors with participation from Match Group, a division of IAC …
Cam Bunton / TmoNews:
New T-Mobile “Jump” terms: upgrade as often as you like if 50% of old device is paid off  —  Details on upcoming JUMP! changes - Confirmed for Feb. 23 … Yesterday, we were given information by one of our sources on some upcoming changes to the JUMP! program.
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.

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