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February 19, 2014, 5:20 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.
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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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 …
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 …
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: SC Magazine and ComputerworldTweets: @virusbtn
Eric Blattberg / VentureBeat:
Mayfield raises $108M fund for investments in India  —  Source: Photo Illustration: Eric Blattberg / VentureBeat  —  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.
More: TechCrunch
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 …
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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