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February 19, 2014, 1:25 AM

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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 …
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 …
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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
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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 …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Password leak in WeMo devices makes home appliances susceptible to hijacks  —  Security researchers have taken the unusual step of recommending that people stop using Belkin's WeMo home automation products after uncovering a variety of vulnerabilities that attackers can exploit to take control …
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
Accounting Software Maker Intacct Takes On $45M To Pick Up The Pace  —  Financial management software may seem a sleepy area in tech, destined for a back office and without the buzz of more consumer-facing business products like Dropbox or Square.  But there's major money to be had in riding the space …
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 …
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.
Jerome Segura / Malwarebytes Unpacked:
Banking trojan ZeusVM retrieves configurations hidden inside image files  —  Hiding in plain sight: a story about a sneaky banking Trojan  —  The Zeus/Zbot Trojan is one the most notorious banking Trojans ever created; it's so popular it gave birth to many offshoots and copycats.
More: Computerworld and SC MagazineTweets: @virusbtn
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 …
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 …

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