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February 18, 2014, 9:15 PM

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Alistair Barr / USA Today:
Sources: new Samsung Gear smartwatch to run on Tizen, not Android  —  Samsung's updated smartwatch to shun Android  —  SAN FRANCISCO - The new version of Samsung's Gear smartwatch will run on Tizen, not Google's Android operating system, the latest attempt by the South Korean electronics giant …
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 …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Samsung plans to launch new Galaxy Gear models next week  —  Samsung could take the wraps off multiple new Galaxy Gear wearables at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona next week, according to a source familiar with the company's plans.  The announcements would come just half …
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
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple patents sensor-packed health monitoring headphones with ‘head gesture’ control  —  In one of the earliest pieces of evidence pointing to Apple's push into the fitness and health monitoring field, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted the company a patent …
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 …
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Google Explains How Not To Be A Glasshole  —  Here are the do's and don'ts of wearing Google Glass.  Right from Google.  —  Apparently — and I know this might be a shocker — you're not supposed to stand in the corner of the room and record people with Google Glass.
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Spy Chief: We Should've Told You We Track Your Calls  —  The U.S. government long considered its collection of Americans' call records to be a state secret.  Now the Director of National Intelligence admits it would have been better if Washington had acknowledged the surveillance in the first place.
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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 …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Iranian infiltration of US Navy computer network far more extensive than previously thought  —  Iranian Hacking to Test NSA Nominee Michael Rogers  —  Infiltration of Navy Computer Network More Extensive Than Previously Thought  —  WASHINGTON—Iran's infiltration of a Navy computer network …
Tweets: @wsjd
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 …
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.
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 …
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Cuff Launches Wearables That Look More Like Jewelry  —  A new company called Cuff is now taking preorders for a line of nine different metal and leather bracelets that contain a small device that can be used for simple messaging.  —  Cuff founder Deepa Sood
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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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Bitstrips Is Raising $15 Million  —  Bitstrips, an app for building personalized comic strips, is raising a hefty Series B. We've heard from sources familiar with the matter that Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is taking the lead.  —  The deal hasn't yet closed, so the amount isn't confirmed …
Emma Lee / TechNode:
China's Mobile Payment Turnover Soared 317% YOY to $1.59 Trillion in 2013: PBOC  —  The turnover of Chinese mobile payment industry rocketed 317.56% year-over-year to 9.64 trillion yuan ($1.59 trillion) in 2013, while the number of orders hiked 212.86% year-on-year to 1.67 billion …
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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 …

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