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February 18, 2014, 6:20 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 …
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 …
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 …
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 $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 …
More: VentureBeat and Re/code
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.
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 …
More: Skift and Gizmodo
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
More: Softpedia News and BetaNewsTweets: @robpegoraro
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 …
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 …
Yash Maheshwari / UnleashThePhones:
Windows Phone 8.1's rumored swipe keyboard demoed on video  —  Exclusive: Swipe Keyboard in Windows Phone 8.1 “Blue” [VIDEO]  —  Although it has only been rumoured to be coming with Windows Phone 8.1 “Blue” release, we now have an exclusive video showcasing the Swipe keyboard in action on Windows Phone 8.1.

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