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February 28, 2014, 8:00 PM

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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple will soon charge for out-of-warranty chat support, schedule repairs via new web payment system  —  Apple is about to begin charging users outside of their warranty for online chat support using a new web payment system it recently developed.  Sources familiar with the project say Apple …
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 …

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