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February 16, 2014, 6:10 PM

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San Francisco Chronicle:
Apple exploring cars, medical devices to reignite growth  —  Adrian Perica is a very busy man.  Over the past 18 months, the mergers and acquisitions chief at Apple has been scouring the globe looking for deals, snatching up everything from search engines and data analytics to mapping software and motion tracking chips.
Yaniv Feldman / GeekTime:
SlickLogin, developer of an identification mechanism using sounds, acquired by Google  —  Google acquires Israeli security startup SlickLogin  —  SlickLogin, an Israeli startup and developer of smart identification technology through user smartphones has been acquired by Google for several million …
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple & Google Begin Rejecting Games With “Flappy” In The Title  —  The Flappy Bird phenomenon shows no signs of slowing down, despite the fact that the original title was yanked out of the App Store by creator Dong Nguyen, whose newfound fame apparently became too overwhelming.
Reuters:
Merkel, Hollande to discuss European communication network avoiding U.S.  —  (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday she would talk to French President Francois Hollande about building up a European communication network to avoid emails and other data passing through the United States.
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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.
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Square Cuts More Custom Pricing Deals For Merchants And Ramps Up Sales Hiring  —  This past week brought the news of a fairly significant development for Square — the rollout of Square Stands in bars, Whole Foods restaurants, and other venues.  This comes a year-and-a-half after the huge deal …
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.

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