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February 25, 2014, 2:00 PM

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The Coinbase Blog:
Joint Statement: Mt.Gox's violation of trust doesn't reflect the resilience of the greater Bitcoin industry  —  Joint Statement Regarding MtGox  —  The purpose of this document is to summarize a joint statement to the Bitcoin community regarding Mt.Gox.  —  This tragic violation of the trust …
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
“This could be the end of Bitcoin”: leak shows massive theft at Mt. Gox, price falls below $500 amid pleas for calm  —  The Bitcoin community is on edge as a leaked document (below) shows that the Mt. Gox exchange, a longtime pillar of the virtual currency, is missing hundreds of millions …
Matt Vukas:
Doug Thompson / BEEKn:
Apple Releases iBeacon Specification  —  Apple has quietly rolled out its iBeacon specification as it starts to certify devices that carry the Bluetooth LE standard.  —  Under their MFI program, manufacturers can now request that Apple permit them to attach the iBeacon name to their devices so long as they meet certain criteria.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
New iOS flaw makes devices susceptible to covert keylogging, researchers say  —  Proof-of-concept app in Apple's App Store sent keystrokes to remote server.  —  Researchers said they have identified a flaw in Apple's iOS that makes it possible for attackers to surreptitiously log every touch a user makes …
Erin Griffith / Fortune:
Exclusive: Sean Parker's Airtime has quietly relaunched as OkHello (and it's actually working)  —  Airtime has hidden its ties to OkHello.  —  FORTUNE — We all remember Airtime, the biggest, flashiest startup launch of 2012.  Napster co-founders Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning had reunited …
More: Gigaom
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Disney Movies Anywhere debuts with tight integration with Apple's iTunes  —  Walt Disney Studios is launching a new movie app called Disney Movies Anywhere that will be tightly integrated with Apple's iTunes store.  —  You can get the app for free on iOS devices and then use …
Dan Levine / Reuters:
For Google Glass, Google lobbying against distracted driving regulation in 3 US states  —  Exclusive: Google sets roadblocks to stop distracted driver legislation  —  (Reuters) - Google is lobbying officials in at least three U.S. states to stop proposed restrictions on driving with headsets …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
It's official: TiVo's co-founders start selling $49 QPlay TV streamer  —  TiVo co-founders Michael Ramsay and Jim Barton are back with a new venture dubbed QPlay that hopes to do for online video what TiVo did for television.  The duo unveiled their new QPlay device and service Tuesday …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
BlackBerry CEO John Chen Talks Up Q20 and Z3 Phones Coming This Year  —  BlackBerry CEO John Chen on Tuesday announced plans for two new phones coming this year, the first results of a partnership with Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn.  —  The first of the new devices …
Chris Duckett / ZDNet:
Proof of concept captures all SSL traffic via Apple's goto fail exploit  —  Summary: A New Zealand security consultant has used a man-in-the-middle proxy to mop up all SSL traffic related to the App store, updates, iCloud data, and traffic from apps that use certificate pining, such as Twitter.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Ex-Googler-Founded Shape Security Picks Up Another $40M To Build Out Its “Botwall” For Businesses  —  Shape Security — the enterprise startup that emerged from stealth last month with an enterprise product that fights automated malware and bots by way of a firewall (or ‘botwall’ in its words) …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft devices chief Julie Larson-Green takes on new role, will be replaced by Nokia's Stephen Elop  —  Julie Larson-Green, the former Windows executive who most recently led Microsoft hardware development as the top executive in the company's Devices and Studios Group …
Derrik J. Lang / Associated Press:
Twitch game streaming coming to Xbox One on March 11  —  Twitch Live Game Broadcasting Coming to Xbox One  —  Xbox One will soon be Twitchier than the PlayStation 4.  —  The popular video game broadcasting service Twitch is bringing a slew of fresh features to Microsoft's newest console.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
SecondMarket to launch first New York-based Bitcoin exchange  —  As Mt. Gox collapses, SecondMarket prepares to launch a Bitcoin exchange in New York.  —  FORTUNE — SecondMarket is spinning out its Bitcoin activities into a stand-alone company that eventually will include a New York-based exchange …
More: Fortune
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Telegram Saw 8M Downloads After WhatsApp Got Acquired  —  The App Store is a strange and whimsical bedfellow.  It is a kingmaker, but with that comes the tears of the anointed, the displaced and the never-rans.  —  As an example of the store's fickle nature, Flappy Bird held …
More: The Verge
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
GoDaddy Will Take On Shopify With A Simpler E-Commerce Storefront Arriving This Spring  —  GoDaddy is launching a Shopify competitor aimed at small business customers, TechCrunch learned and the company has confirmed.  The “GoDaddy Online Store,” as the new product is being called …
More: PandoDaily and GeekWireTweets: @spreecommerce
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Twitter Is Bringing Promoted Accounts To Its Search Results  —  Hands On With The Galaxy S5 And The New Galaxy Gear Bands  —  Twitter just announced that it will now be showing Promoted Accounts in search results.  —  For those of you who aren't familiar with Twitter's ad formats, well, the names are pretty self-explanatory.

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