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February 18, 2014, 5:50 PM

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FaryaabS / SamMobile:
Samsung Galaxy S5 to have swipe-style fingerprint sensor in home button for unlocking device, app shortcuts, website logins  —  Explained: Samsung's implementation of the fingerprint sensor on the upcoming Galaxy S5  —  Yes, you heard it right folks!  Today, we are finally confirming …
Michael Crider / Android Police:
Kate Kaye / AdAge:
Amazon and Apple struggle with ad growth because they're “slow, cocky and downright stingy” according to media buyers  —  Why Can't Amazon And Apple Catch a Break on Madison Ave?  —  Advertising Sales Are a Tough Slog for Both — And for A lot of the Same Reasons  —  Goodby, Silverstein and Partners
The Intercept:
GCHQ spied on WikiLeaks visitors; NSA discussed targeting WikiLeaks, Pirate Bay, and Anonymous  —  Snowden Documents Reveal Covert Surveillance and Pressure Tactics Aimed at WikiLeaks and Its Supporters  —  Top-secret documents from the National Security Agency and its British counterpart reveal …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Here Comes the Candy Crush IPO!  After a $1.9 Billion Year, King Gets Ready to Go Public  —  Candy Crush isn't just a crazily addictive time-waster: It's also a really, really big business.  Now the company behind it wants to go public.  King Digital Entertainment, the Irish publisher behind Candy Crush …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
No New Windows Phone Models on Tap for Barcelona  —  It's shaping up to be a rough Mobile World Congress for Microsoft, with little new expected on either the hardware or software front for Windows Phone.  —  The Barcelona event will see the debut of dozens of new Android phones, said sources …
Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Postmates raises $16M series B funding, passes 10,000 deliveries a week  —  Postmates Closes New Financing Round and Passes 10,000 Deliveries a Week  —  Kosmo tried it and failed — dismally.  Urban Fetch did, too.  But it seems Postmates, a mobile-delivery service that can fetch …
Tom Krazit / Gigaom:
Some day Silicon Valley will move north.  Here's why it should settle in Oakland  —  Silicon Valley is both a metaphor for the entire tech industry and a real place that is (on a rare good day) an hour south of San Francisco.  It's the longtime home to some of the world's most important …
Diane Cardwell / New York Times:
Newark Airport tests sensor network embedded in light fixtures to analyze passengers  —  At Newark Airport, the Lights Are On, and They're Watching You  —  Visitors to Terminal B at Newark Liberty International Airport may notice the bright, clean lighting that now blankets the cavernous interior …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Jawbone President Departs After Less Than a Year — and Just One Week After Massive Funding  —  According to sources who were present at an all-hands meeting at Jawbone today, CEO and co-founder Hosain Rahman announced that President Mindy Mount was leaving the smart devices company.
Michael McWhertor / Polygon:
BioShock developer Irrational Games ‘winding down,’ new studio being formed by Ken Levine  —  BioShock developer Irrational Games is “winding down” in its current form and all but approximately 15 members of the studio will be laid off, according to an update from co-founder Ken Levine.
Douglas MacMillan / Digits:
Peter Magnusson, former engineering director at Google, joins Snapchat as a VP of engineering  —  Snapchat Poaches Google Veteran in Engineering Push  —  Snapchat wants to beef up the technology behind its popular mobile app for disappearing messages.  —  Peter Magnusson …
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
The bizarre, mind-numbing, mesmerizing beauty of “Twitch Plays Pokémon”  —  Twitch hands the controller to the Internet hivemind, and I can't stop watching.  —  Most gamers in my Twitter orbit have been spending their time with the Titanfall beta since invitations began going out late last week …
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
AT&T's first transparency report shows 300K government demands for data including 37K for location, 35K from NSA  —  AT&T reveals number of NSA and location demands in first-ever transparency report  —  Phone giant AT&T published its first “transparency report” on Tuesday morning …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia teases ‘X’ as it prepares to launch its Android phone  —  Nokia is preparing to launch its Android phone, codenamed Normandy, and the company is teasing it heavily today.  The low-cost handset is expected to be named Nokia X when the Finnish smartphone maker unveils it next week …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Asus router vulnerability allows everyone on the Internet access to data on connected drives  —  Dear Asus router user: You've been pwned, thanks to easily exploited flaw  —  An Ars reader by the name of Jerry got a nasty surprise as he was browsing the contents of his external hard drive over the weekend …
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
IPO-Bound Box Hires Cloud Chief Graham Younger Away From SAP  —  Cloud storage and collaboration company Box has poached a senior executive from the ranks of software giant SAP.  —  Graham Younger, who runs SAP's SuccessFactors unit, will join Box as executive VP for worldwide field operations.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Whisper publicizes and claims it vetted a new Gwyneth Paltrow affair rumor shared by a user  —  Whisper, The Sequoia-Backed Secret Sharing App, Makes A Move Into TMZ Territory  —  Whisper, the popular anonymous social sharing startup that's raised $24 million from venture capital giants …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Duolingo Raises $20M Series C Led By Kleiner Perkins To Dominate Online Language Learning  —  The popular language learning platform Duolingo today announced that it has closed a $20 million Series C round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.  As Duolingo's founder Luis von Ahn told me …

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