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February 16, 2014, 11:25 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.
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.
Philip Bump / The Wire:
Followers, members of the media misconceive @BarackObama account as tweeting on behalf of the president, who last tweeted months ago  —  Basically, @BarackObama Is a Parody Twitter Account  —  You know those terrible parody Twitter accounts for Bill Murray or Will Smith that tweet dumb jokes …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
More: BBC and The VergeTweets: @pondswimmer
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 …

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