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February 17, 2014, 10:35 PM

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New York Times:
Punching Above Its Weight, Upstart Netflix Pokes at HBO  —  On the night of the Golden Globes ceremony last month, Netflix and HBO held dueling parties at the Beverly Hilton hotel.  Bono and Julia Roberts mingled underneath a bejeweled tent as Netflix, the upstart streaming service …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
iTunes Connect update brings modernized look, sales breakdowns by category, region and more  —  Sales data redacted.  —  Apple today updated the Sales and Trends section of iTunes Connect, giving developers more detailed information about the origin of their apps' sales as well as a modernized visual style.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Bound by 10-year Microsoft search deal, Yahoo's Mayer focusing on mobile and contextual search over web and keyword search  —  More on Mayer's Search Plans for Yahoo: The “Three S's” and Slipping Through a Microsoft Loophole  —  Since Re/code revealed in weeks ago that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer …
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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Secret revealed: inside the most scandalous social network  —  Will anonymity make Secret essential reading — or become its undoing?  —  Late on a Saturday evening in San Francisco, at a party filled with tech workers, people keep retreating to odd corners to stare at their phones.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Philips takes on Apple's iBeacon with lights that send deals to your smartphone  —  Philips is already one of the biggest names in smart light bulbs, and now it's beginning to test a new unit that could be even smarter.  At a retailer in Düsseldorf, Philips is piloting a lighting unit …
Reuters:
Spotify seeks to hire U.S. filings expert as bankers eye IPO  —  (Reuters) - Online music streaming service Spotify is recruiting a U.S. financial reporting specialist, adding to speculation that the Swedish start-up is preparing for a share listing, which one banker said could value the firm at $8 billion.

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