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February 18, 2014, 2:25 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 …
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 …
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.
Phil Wahba / Reuters:
First U.S. bitcoin ATMs to open soon in Seattle, Austin  —  (Reuters) - Robocoin said on Tuesday that later this month it will install the first automated teller machines in the United States that let users buy and sell bitcoin, the latest step into the mainstream for the digital currency.
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 …
Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Postmates raises $15M 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 …
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Bloomberg:
Talks for including Netflix on Time Warner set-top boxes are on hold after Comcast deal announcement  —  Netflix Talks for Time Warner Cable Carriage Said to Slow  —  Netflix Inc. (NFLX)'s effort to secure a place for its video-subscription service on Time Warner Cable Inc. set-top boxes …
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.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
HTC sets March 25th date for its next flagship phone launch  —  Here comes the next One  —  HTC is distributing press invitations for its next big event, scheduled for March 25th, where the company's next flagship smartphone will be revealed.  As with the HTC One launch in February of last year …
Mike Hopkins / Hulu Blog:
Hulu hires former SVP at Sony Network Entertainment Tian Lim as CTO  —  A World-Class Builder Joins the Hulu Ranks  —  Hulu is the best place for world-class builders.  Hands down.  Our business at its core is defined by the building and innovating that happens daily at Hulu.

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Microsoft:
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