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February 22, 2014, 7:20 PM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
WhatsApp Is Down, Confirms Server Issues [Update: It's Back After A 210-Minute Outage]  —  Update: WhatsApp experienced an outage for around 210 minutes today from 11am to 2:30 pm PST.  Users around the world reported that they were unable to send messages, and WhatsApp confirmed these problems …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
On the Timing of iOS's SSL Vulnerability and Apple's ‘Addition’ to the NSA's PRISM Program  —  Jeffrey Grossman, on Twitter: … iOS 6.0 shipped on 24 September 2012.  —  According to slide 6 in the leaked PowerPoint deck on NSA's PRISM program, Apple was “added” in October 2012.
Kevin Poulsen / Wired:
Behind iPhone's Critical Security Bug, a Single Bad ‘Goto’  —  Like everything else on the iPhone, the critical crypto flaw announced in iOS 7 yesterday turns out to be a study in simplicity and elegant design: a single spurious “goto” in one part of Apple's authentication code that accidentally bypasses the rest of it.
Chris Williams / The Register:
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 …
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Google:
New Samsung Gear 2 / Neo Smartwatches (Gold is Best!) shown in leaks  —  We're expecting to see Samsung unveil an update to their Galaxy Gear Smartwatches in Barcelona next week and of course that means electronics leaker @evleaks has them for us this week.  It seems that these won't be branded Galaxy and will be called Gear 2 and Neo.
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 …
Loretta Chao / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter, Other Apps Disrupted in Venezuela Amid Protests  —  The Venezuelan government, besieged by nationwide protests, appears to have stepped up its censorship of Internet services used by demonstrators and sites that have criticized the government response to the unrest, technology firms and researchers said.
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

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