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February 17, 2014, 10:05 AM

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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.
TechCrunch:
Basis Science, developer of health-tracking watch, said to be in acquisition talks with Apple, Google  —  Basis In Acquisition Talks With Everyone  —  Looks like Google might be ticking off a box on its wearables shopping list, or someone else might be.  Basis Science, the company behind …
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
People don't always read the articles they share  —  You're not going to read this  —  But you'll probably share it anyway  —  Earlier this month, there was yet another lengthy public debate about Upworthy, the two-year-old publisher that has become one of the most popular sites …
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.
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 …
James Trew / Engadget:
GoPro's IPO isn't about selling cameras, it's about creating a media empire  —  It was 2001, more than a decade before GoPro would announce its intentions to go public, and its CEO Nick Woodman was facing a very expensive failure.  In just two years, he'd lost nearly $4 million of investors' money …
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Pankaj Mishra / TechCrunch:
Siemens Launches $100M Fund To Back Startups Aiming To Disrupt Manufacturing  —  Siemens Venture Capital, the corporate financing arm of Europe's biggest engineering company, is launching a new, $100 million fund to back early-stage startups working in the areas of industrial automation …
Los Angeles Times:
Apple opens its first store in Brazil, a key market  —  Apple threw open the doors Saturday to its first store in Brazil, one of the world's fastest-growing smartphone markets and a region that is crucially important to the company.  —  Chief Executive Tim Cook announced the opening in a tweet …
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 …
Mark Berniker / CNBC:
World's largest solar thermal project, in part owned by Google, is now operational  —  Google makes huge investment in clean energy  —  When you conduct a search on Google, your query goes across the Internet, hits a server, gets processed and is sent back to you in microseconds.
Anders Nilsson / anders.io:
The troublesome history of the bitcoin exchange MtGox  —  Most, if not all, of the people interested in the bitcoin phenomenon have heard of MtGox, the Japanese bitcoin exchange.  I'll look in to some of the issues they've run into over the handful of years they've existed.  —  From trading cards to real money

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