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February 27, 2014, 1:25 PM

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Guardian:
GCHQ, aided by NSA, intercepted and stored webcam images of millions of global Yahoo users  —  UK spy agency intercepted webcam images of millions of Yahoo users  —  • Optic Nerve program collected Yahoo webcam images in bulk  —  • 1.8m users targeted by GCHQ in six-month period alone
Steven Perlberg / Business Insider:
Carl Icahn Goes After The eBay Board In A New Open Letter With 6 Facts  —  Carl Icahn is out with a new open letter to the shareholders of eBay.  —  There has been quite a back and forth between the activist investor and eBay's board, and the scrap continues today with Icahn laying out six “facts.”
Harry McCracken / TIME:
Project Ara: Inside Google's Bold Gambit to Make Smartphones Modular  —  The two-year quest to create the ultimate customizable phone, inside and out.  —  On January 29, Google announced that it had agreed to sell Motorola, its phone-manufacturing business, to Chinese electronics giant Lenovo.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Facebook Messenger for Windows will shut down on March 3  —  Facebook today began prompting Facebook Messenger for Windows users with a message saying the app is shutting down next week.  Without much of an explanation, the company plans to kill off Windows support for Facebook Messenger on March 3.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple Launches Big Improvements For iOS Management Tools For Enterprise And Education  —  Apple has been busy in the IT department.  Today, it released a slew of improvements and alterations to its large-scale deployment tools for education and enterprise customers.
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
T-Mobile has turned every accepted practice in the mobile phone business on its head  —  T-Mobile Turns an Industry on Its Ear  —  A rash of consumer-friendliness has broken out across the mobile data industry.  Over the last year, the four major carriers — AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile …
More: QuartzTweets: @alexisohanian and @johnlegere
Nancy Gohring / CITEworld:
With $50 million, ClearSlide will beef up analytics for salespeople  —  ClearSlide [1], the provider of services designed to help sales people better communicate with customers, just raised a whopping $50 million.  It plans to use the funding to scale up and continue developing more analytics capabilities.
Dhanya Skariachan / Reuters:
Best Buy profit beats, set to cut costs more; shares jump  —  (Reuters) - U.S. retailer Best Buy Co Inc (BBY.N) reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday and announced more aggressive cost cuts this year, sending its shares up nearly 6 percent in morning trading.
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Marketing Chief Kathy Savitt's Star Rises at Yahoo  —  A management shake-up at Yahoo Inc. has conferred more power on Kathy Savitt, a marketing executive who has quickly risen to become one of Chief Executive Marissa Mayer's most prominent and trusted lieutenants.
More: bizjournals and GeekWireTweets: @wsjdSee also Mediagazer
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Bitcoin Startup Coinbase Surges Past 1M Consumer Wallets In The Post-Mt.Gox Era  —  Rumor: Brainwave-Sensing Startup InteraXon Was Approached By Google About An Acquisition  —  Today Coinbase announced that it has created more than 1 million consumer Bitcoin wallets on its platform …
More: The Coinbase Blog and The Next WebTweets: @paulg
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Spotify and Ministry of Sound settle music playlists copyright lawsuit  —  Playlists based on dance brand's compilations will be removed from streaming service's search engine  —  Dance brand Ministry of Sound and streaming service Spotify have reached an “amicable” out-of-court settlement in their legal battle over music playlists.
Jason Green / Mercury News:
Mountain View: City Council inks deal with Google for new Wi-Fi network  —  Google is set to replace its frustrating to use Wi-Fi network in Mountain View with one that is smaller but more capable.  —  On Tuesday night, the Mountain View City Council enthusiastically approved a new five-year agreement …

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