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February 28, 2014, 4:10 PM

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Dan DeSilva / 9to5Mac:
Apple Stores discounting Apple TV w/ $25 iTunes card ahead of new hardware rumored for spring  —  Update: Apple has confirmed the promo, and according to the T&C online orders are also eligible.  —  According to our sources, Apple retail employees were informed this morning that beginning today …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Apple's TV Hobby Is Now a Billion-Dollar Business  —  Apple has yet to introduce its “real” version of Apple TV, whatever that actually is.  —  But the $99 box it is selling is doing pretty well: Tim Cook just told Apple shareholders that the company generated more than $1 billion …
Wall Street Journal:
Mt. Gox files for bankruptcy protection with $63.6M in outstanding debt; loses 750K customers' bitcoins, 100K of its own, worth in total $473M  —  Mt. Gox Files for Bankruptcy Protection  —  A lawyer for Mt. Gox announced at a news conference at the Tokyo District Court that the embattled bitcoin exchange …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft experimenting with free version of Windows 8.1  —  Microsoft is currently experimenting with a free version of Windows 8.1 that could boost the number of people using the operating system.  Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have revealed to The Verge that the company is building …
Bonnie Cha / Re/code:
Dude, Where's My Phone?  Lenovo, Ashton Kutcher to Launch Line of Phones This Year.  —  Yes, you read that right.  —  The star of “Two and Half Men” and “Jobs” is designing a line of special edition phones for Lenovo to be launched later this year, according to Lenovo Chief Marketing Officer David Roman.
Kana Inagaki / Wall Street Journal:
Struggling Sony Plans Sale of Old Tokyo Headquarters  —  Sony is now looking to sell its former headquarters and surrounding buildings in central Tokyo in its continuing struggle to stem losses from its consumer electronics business, according to a person familiar with the plan.
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
Fab's CFO and Chief People Officer Are Latest Exits  —  The executive departures at troubled design e-commerce company Fab keep coming.  Fab's chief financial officer David Lapter and chief people officer Allison Rutledge-Parisi are leaving the company.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
IPCom's $2.2 billion lawsuit against Apple thrown out by German court: no infringement found  —  Two different chambers (panels of judges) of the Mannheim Regional Court just announced a total of three rulings on standard-essential patent (SEP) infringement cases brought by IPCom …
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple is preparing to release update to fix TouchID fingerprint recognition issues  —  Apple preparing software update to enhance functionality of iPhone 5s Touch ID  —  Apple is preparing to release a free software update designed to improve the fingerprint recognition experience of Touch ID …
Rene Ritchie / iMore:
Apple posts design guides and resources to help developers make better apps  —  Apple has added a new Design Guides and Resources section to their developer center.  It includes videos and documentation on user interface design for apps and games, overviews of what's new in iOS 7, best practices …
Patrick Howell O'Neill / Daily Dot:
Tor is building an anonymous instant messenger  —  Forget the $16 billion romance between Facebook and WhatsApp.  There's a new messaging tool worth watching.  —  Tor, the team behind the world's leading online anonymity service, is developing a new anonymous instant messenger client …
Chris Morran / Consumerist:
DropBox Jumps On Forced Arbitration Bandwagon, But Offers Online Opt-Out  —  Another company is taking the coward's way out of resolving legal disputes with its customers by tweaking its Terms of Service to take away users' rights to take the company to court and to prevent multiple users from having their complaints heard as a group.
Dara Kerr / CNET:
IBM laying off up to 25 percent of ‘hardware’ division  —  IBM has confirmed that it's laying off a portion of its workforce in order to focus on new priority areas, like the cloud, analytics, and cognitive computing.  This means certain divisions of the company must see cuts.

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