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February 19, 2014, 2:25 PM

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Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Wheeler unveils new proposed rules for network neutrality, will try to stop “improper blocking”  —  The FCC announced its response to an explosive court decision that ended “net neutrality” last month: it will not appeal the decision, but scramble to impose new rules.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Capital Invests $40M In Learning Analytics Firm Renaissance Learning At $1B Valuation  —  Renaissance Learning, one of the leading cloud-based K-12 assessment and learning analytics companies, today announced that it has raised a $40 million investment from Google Capital.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Google Fiber chooses nine metro areas for possible expansion  —  Google Fiber is ready to expand, as Google has identified nine sites scattered around the country as possible sites of deployment, the company said.  —  “We've invited 34 cities in nine metro areas across the US to work with us …
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Opens Its Publishing Platform To All Members  —  To date, LinkedIn has allowed a small, editorially selected group of “Influencers” like Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Barack Obama to publish their thoughts and advice to its network as long-form blog posts.
Digits:
Apple's smartphone market share in China grows to 7%, now back in top 5 smartphone vendors  —  Apple Gains Some Ground in China Smartphone Market  —  Apple seems to be gaining some ground in the world's largest smartphone market.  —  In China, Apple's market share rose slightly …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple bringing iTunes Festival to the US for the first time at SXSW, for five nights in March  —  Apple has announced that it is bringing the iTunes Festival to the United States for the first time, after being a UK-only event since it began in 2007.  The festival will be held at SXSW …
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Inside Target, CEO Gregg Steinhafel Struggles to Contain Giant Cybertheft  —  How Target Is Working to Manage Crisis After Theft of Credit and Debit Card Numbers From Millions of Customers  —  When hackers broke into the database of department store Target, it affected an estimated 100 million customers.
Dan Farber / CNET:
Artemis aims to eliminate congestion, dead zones and unreliable connections in cellular networks using pCell technology  —  Is pCell the Holy Grail of wireless networking?  —  Serial entrepreneur Steve Perlman claims that his new patented technology can create the wireless network of our dreams.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Starts Making The New Google Maps The Default For Everybody  —  After just under a year in preview, Google today announced that it is now rolling out the new Google Maps to all of its users as the default option.  —  Since Google announced the new version of Maps at its I/O developer conference …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Nokia Treasure Tag is a $30 Lumia accessory to help keep valuables safe - goes on sale in April  —  Nokia is introducing a new way to keep valuables safe on the go using your smartphone.  Nokia Treasure Tag is a smart peripheral that syncs with Lumia devices to help keep track of keys …
David Meyer / Gigaom:
Silent Circle gets its first telco distributor, as KPN prepares to offer encrypted communications  —  The Dutch telecoms giant KPN has partnered up with Silent Circle, the U.S. security firm that boasts privacy veterans Phil Zimmermann (pictured above) and Jon Callas among its founders …
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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.
Jared Newman / TechHive:
Belkin fixes WeMo security holes that gave hackers access to home appliances  —  The inherent risk of controlling all your home appliances over the Internet is that a hacker could potentially wreak havoc with your thermostat and coffee maker, so it's simultaneously unnerving and comforting …

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