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February 17, 2014, 5:55 PM

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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 …
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
As Mt.Gox Implodes, Rival Bitcoin Exchanges Remain Surprisingly Stable  —  Watching the gyrations in the price of Bitcoin has been spectator sport the past several days.  However, unlike with prior busts and races, the price of Bitcoin has diverged heavily across its several exchanges.
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Profile of Brian Krebs, who was first to uncover security breaches at Adobe and Target  —  Reporting From the Web's Underbelly  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In the last year, Eastern European cybercriminals have stolen Brian Krebs's identity a half dozen times, brought down his website …
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.
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.
Tweets: @hamburger and @caseynewton
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 …
More: Marketing LandTweets: @gerrymcgovern
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 …
More: ZDNet and WebProNews
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 …
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.
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.
More: Geeky GadgetsTweets: @climategroup

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