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February 16, 2014, 1:45 AM

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Kickstarter hacked, with data stolen for an unknown number of customers  —  Hackers breached Kickstarter's defenses and stole the information of an unspecified number of customers, the company disclosed today.  The company learned of the breach on Wednesday from law enforcement officials …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Pandora Suit May Upend Century-Old Royalty Plan  —  As the music industry races toward a future of digital streams and smartphone apps, its latest crisis centers on a regulatory plan that has been in place since “Chattanooga Choo Choo” was a hit.  —  Since 1941, Ascap and BMI …
More: Business InsiderTweets: @chompaway
Ben Cohen / Digits:
Matchmaking App Tinder Sees Huge Spike in Sochi During Games … You're young, you're a world-class physical specimen, you're living in a fenced-in village full of similar people from all over the world who are dying to meet you, and it's Valentine's Day.  —  Clearly, you need a matchmaking app.
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile: are early upgrade plans a good deal?  —  These plans aren't a rip-off anymore  —  Editor's Note: Since we first compared each of the early upgrade plans, carriers have significantly changed how they work.  Verizon recently overhauled its Edge program with its new …
Cam Bunton / TmoNews:
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.
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Qualcomm cancels Snapdragon 802 smart TV chip it announced 5 weeks ago  —  Well, that must be some kind of record.  Back at CES in early January, Qualcomm announced a smart TV-oriented chip called the Snapdragon 802.  Yesterday in a small, quiet press release, the company announced that the Snapdragon 802 has been canceled.
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Syrian Electronic Army Attacks Forbes Website, Steals User Info  —  The Syrian Electronic Army has broken into the website of business magazine Forbes and claims to have made off with a million user account names and passwords, according to statements and screenshots posted on the group's Twitter feed.
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.
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 …
More: BBC and theWHIR.comTweets: @glynmoody
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.

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