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February 22, 2014, 4:23 AM

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Bloomberg:
To counter competition, Microsoft will charge manufacturers $15 instead of $50 to install Windows on devices under $250  —  Microsoft Said to Cut Windows Price 70% to Counter Rivals  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is cutting the price of Windows 8.1 by 70 percent for makers of low-cost computers …
TechCrunch:
TestFlight Owner Burstly Acquired By Apple  —  Burstly, the makers of an in-app ad management platform called SkyRocket and the parent company of popular mobile app testing platform TestFlight, has been acquired, we're hearing.  Though we're working to get more information on this now …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
WhatsApp Was Valued At ~$1.5B In Final Round Before Sale  —  WhatsApp did a great job of being surreptitious about its funding while growing into a messaging monster.  But as they say, the truth always comes out.  —  In this case, the truth is that the company had three rounds of financing, with Sequoia as the sole investor.
Paul Graham / Y Combinator Posthaven:
Sam Altman for President  —  I'm delighted to announce that Sam Altman has agreed to become president of Y Combinator starting next batch.  I'll continue to do office hours with startups, but Sam is going to lead YC.  —  Why the change?  Because YC needs to grow, and I'm not the best person to grow it.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Netflix packets being dropped every day because Verizon wants more money  —  Verizon wants to be paid by consumers and Cogent, but Cogent refuses to pay.  —  The battle over who should pay to carry Netflix traffic is heating up again, and one of the main players blames Verizon's greed …
Bloomberg:
Roku Said to Be Weighing Initial Public Offering in U.S. in 2014  —  Roku Inc., the maker of set-top boxes that connect TVs to the Internet, is weighing an initial public offering in the U.S. this year, according to people with knowledge of the matter.  —  A decision to move ahead hasn't been made …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Tests Mobile “Highlights”, A Cheat Sheet To Your Friends' Lives  —  Facebook said there were just big fixes in its 7.0 iOS update it released yesterday, but actually there's a big new feature it's testing called Highlights.  Inside the People tab you'll see Highlights including friends' Life Events …
Lucian Constantin / Computerworld:
Source code for Android iBanking bot surfaces on underground forum  —  Leaked source code could lead to a larger number of attacks using the mobile malware, security researchers from RSA said  —  The source code for an Android mobile banking Trojan app was released on an underground forum …
TechCrunch:
Goldman Sachs gives early assessment of Bitcoin, noting opportunities and potential issues  —  Goldman Sachs Takes On Bitcoin  —  The eye of big finance is finally turning towards cryptocurrency.  Responding to requests from clients, Goldman Sachs has put out an early assessment of Bitcoin …
More: CoinDeskTweets: @tuurdemeester
Lee Hutchinson / Ars Technica:
Harvard supercomputing cluster misused to mine Dogecoins, perpetrator banned from using computer facilities  —  Harvard supercomputing cluster hijacked to produce dumb cryptocurrency  —  Love of money can cause people to do unwise things—like stealing time on your university's resident supercomputer to mine crypto-coins.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Finally Lets You Block Other Members  —  LinkedIn has at last added a long-requested feature with the introduction of member blocking.  This adds a new privacy control to the service, which lets you restrict access to your profile, direct interactions, and network activity …
David Kravets / Wired:
AT&T's surveillance report, which omits bulk metadata collection, is off by 80 million targets  —  Why AT&T's Surveillance Report Omits 80 Million NSA Targets  —  AT&T this week released for the first time in the phone company's 140-year history a rough accounting of how often …
More: NYT BitsTweets: @normative
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Opera's Sponsored Web Pass gives you free mobile internet if you watch an ad  —  Did you know that people like free stuff?  Opera knows, which is why it's now launching an ad-supported version of its Web Pass platform.  Mobile operators can now easily take advantage of this tool …
Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Geeksphone Revolution Android/Firefox phone launches for $300  —  Spanish phone maker Geeksphone is now taking orders for the Geeksphone Revolution, a phone designed to run either Google Android or the open source version of Firefox OS, also called Boot to Gecko.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Airbnb hosts must install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors by end of 2014  —  Hosts can request free detectors, first-aid kits, and safety information cards  —  As Airbnb's housing rental service continues to grow in popularity, the company wants to ensure that all guests have a safe stay.
Chris Williams / The Register:
Apple releases iOS 7.0.6 and 6.1.6 updates with SSL/TLS security fix  —  Update your iThings NOW: Apple splats scary SSL snooping bug in iOS  —  But OS X 10.9 users must wait for a patch as millions put at risk of comms hijacking  —  Updated Apple has issued updates for its mobile operating system iOS …
Laura Northrup / Consumerist:
Fitbit Voluntarily Recalls Rash-Inducing Force Wristbands  —  Since the first reports of contact dermatitis caused by Fitbit Force movement trackers surfaced on the company's forums (and gained publicity when Consumerist broke the story last month) customers have asked that the company recall the trackers.

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Microsoft:
Royal Caribbean International hits the high seas with Microsoft tech  —  Cruise line equips 40,000 crew members with Windows 8.1 tablets, in part to use Skype, OneDrive and more to keep in closer touch with family members and friends while away from home.
Intel:
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