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February 14, 2014, 9:30 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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …

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