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February 15, 2014, 6:30 AM

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft Office reportedly coming to iPad in first half of this year, ahead of touch-friendly Windows 8 version  —  Microsoft Office on iPad: It's alive and coming sooner than most think  —  Summary: Microsoft's Office for iPad, codenamed Miramar, isn't dead.
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.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Ronny Conway Closes His Over $51 Million Early Stage Fund  —  Solo investor Ronny Conway has closed the early-stage fund he had left Andreessen Horowitz last year to raise.  Last September, Dan Primack had reported that the fund was at least $30 million in size, but it's $51 million, according to this SEC filing.
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
The New Normal: 200-400 Gbps DDoS Attacks  —  Over the past four years, KrebsOnSecurity has been targeted by countless denial-of-service attacks intended to knock it offline.  Earlier this week, KrebsOnSecurity was hit by easily the most massive and intense such attack yet …
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
HTC “actively exploring” KitKat update for One X, blames Nvidia for delay  —  The HTC One X might get KitKat after all.  —  HTC  —  HTC's North American PR team took to Reddit to host an “Ask Me Almost Anything” session this afternoon.  Many of the team's answers were sidesteps or deflections …
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / ZDNet:
Mozilla explains why they are putting ads in Firefox tiles, says they won't have tracking  —  Mozilla clarifies, defends Firefox ad position  —  Summary: Mitchell Baker, chair of the Mozilla Foundation, defends Firefox's new ad program.  Firefox users remain wary.
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
Hackers circulate thousands of FTP credentials; New York Times among those hit  —  A list of compromised FTP credentials is circulating in underground forums  —  Hackers are circulating credentials for thousands of FTP sites and appear to have compromised file transfer servers at The New York Times …
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 …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Uber, Chauffeur-Privé And Others Can't Recruit New Drivers In France For The Next Two Months  —  The conflict between taxi drivers and urban transportation startups in France is not over — the French government has put a stop to new limo driver licenses for the next two months.
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.
Peter Sayer / Computerworld:
Google discloses details of E.U. antitrust settlement bid  —  Google reveals how it plns to settle an antitrust case over search result ranking  —  Google has done what the European Commission declined to do: publish the details of the latest commitments Google made in a bid to settle …
Karl Bode / Techdirt:
UK to expand internet filters to include ‘extremist’ content  —  With Porn Filters Going Oh So Well, UK Roars Ahead In Expanding Them To Include ‘Extremist’ Content  —  The UK government's futile and ham-fisted attempts to purge the Internet of all of its rough edges and naughty bits …

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