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February 19, 2014, 9:05 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 …
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.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Microsoft SkyDrive becomes OneDrive, gets camera backup for Android, real-time co-authoring, and easier video sharing  —  Microsoft today officially relaunched SkyDrive as OneDrive, giving its existing users access to their files on the new service by simply logging in at onedrive.com.
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 …
Jesse Hicks / The Verge:
This machine kills trolls: how Wikipedia's robots and cyborgs snuff out vandalism  —  At midnight on February 13th, 2014, a Wikipedia user named Lightningawesome added to the list of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic characters a lengthy biography of Lightning Dash, a capricious, lovable filly existing only in fan fiction.
Jeremy Wagstaff / Reuters:
Upsetting the app cart: Asian messaging services challenge mobile order  —  (Reuters) - Asian chat services KakaoTalk, LINE and WeChat threaten to overturn the mobile order of things, usurping the role of Google Inc, Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Facebook Inc and telecoms carriers as gatekeeper to the consumer.
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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 …
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 …
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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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.
Ilya Khrennikov / Bloomberg:
In Russia, iPhone sales doubled in 2013 to 1.57M, largest carriers now resuming iPhone sales  —  Apple Drags Russia's Mobile Carriers Kicking and Screaming Into the iPhone Era  —  After years of wooing, Russian mobile carriers are finally coming around to the iPhone — not that they have much choice.
Eric Blattberg / VentureBeat:
Mayfield raises $108M fund for investments in India  —  The Mayfield Fund is bullish on India.  —  Founded in 1969, the global venture capital firm will soon announce the closing of a $108 million fund focused exclusively on investments in India.  It filed paperwork for the fund with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission today.
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