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February 14, 2014, 6:10 AM

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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.
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 …
Michael Isikoff / NBC News:
Exclusive: Snowden Swiped Password From NSA Coworker  —  A civilian NSA employee recently resigned after being stripped of his security clearance for allowing former agency contractor Edward Snowden to use his pers...
TechCrunch:
Facebook Opens Up LGBTQ-Friendly Gender Identity And Pronoun Options  —  Facebook has just updated to let users choose the gender pronoun they associate with.  Aside from the usual “male” and “female” options, users can choose up to 10 different gender definitions to describe themselves …
Lisa Jennings / Nation's Restaurant News:
Taco Bell testing mobile ordering for in-store pickup, will roll out nationally this year  —  Taco Bell to offer mobile ordering nationwide  —  Taco Bell is preparing to roll out mobile ordering nationwide later this year, a move that will likely fuel a trend expected to shake up the quick-service world.
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Microsoft's Shaw to NYT's Manjoo: “you are using a rear-view mirror, not a windshield, to look at the road ahead  —  Microsoft PR Chief Shreds New NY Times Columnist Over His Advice Column  —  The New York Times recently hired former Slate (and former Wall Street Journal) technology columnist Farhad Manjoo.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Chrome speeds up web apps by compiling JavaScript in the background  —  Google: Under-the-hood change helps Web apps on Chrome  —  Google has taught Chrome how to walk and chew gum at the same time.  —  The newest Chrome beta version, 33, includes a feature called concurrent compilation …
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
New Android OEM licensing terms leak; “Open” comes with a lot of restrictions  —  The least understood area of the Android ecosystem has always been the highly secretive Google Play Apps licensing process.  While Android is open source, the Google applications, like the Play Store, Gmail …
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
PlayStation 4 beat Xbox One for January console sales, but Xbox One sold more games  —  Sony and Microsoft are both trumpeting market share wins from NPD's January US gaming data.  Sony declared its PlayStation 4 the top-selling console last month, while Microsoft took credit for selling the most games.
Bloomberg:
Lenovo Projects End to Motorola Losses With China Phone  —  Lenovo Group Ltd. (992), which posted a 29 percent surge in profit today, expects to end losses at Motorola Mobility within quarters of completing a deal as it reintroduces the smartphone brand to China.
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple files patent for automated disposable email addresses to combat spam  —  Apple wants to stop, track down spammers with automated disposable email addresses  —  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application describing a system that thwarts spam mail …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows 8 passes 200 million license sales  —  Microsoft has been rather quiet about its risky Windows 8 bet.  The company passed 100 million license sales of Windows 8 after around six months, but a year on the market came and went without any real update on its progress.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Asian gaming giant Nexon announces Owen Mahoney as successor to CEO  —  Don't look now, but a foreign guy will become the boss at one of Asia's biggest game companies.  Free-to-play online gaming giant Nexon has announced Owen Mahoney's appointment as the successor for the top executive post at Nexon.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft signs Android patent deal with Voxx Electronics  —  Summary: Microsoft has added Voxx Electronics to its list of Android patent licensees.  —  Microsoft may be considering ways to entice Android developers and handset makers to join the Windows world, but that isn't stopping …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Nathan Myhrvold's Intellectual Ventures Cutting Five Percent of Workforce  —  Intellectual Ventures, the invention house and patent consolidator run by former Microsoft executive Nathan Myhrvold, is cutting five percent of its workforce.  —  “We continue to refine our business and in doing …

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