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February 28, 2014, 10:50 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 …
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 …
Katie Roof / Fox Business:
Square IPO Postponed Indefinitely  —  Square, the mobile payments startup created by Twitter (TWTR) founder Jack Dorsey, has postponed its IPO indefinitely, FOX Business has learned.  People with knowledge of Square's finances have indicated that the company is not ready to go public this year.
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 …
Financial Times:
Apple to introduce in-car system with Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo next week  —  Apple software to drive smart Ferrari  —  First the mobile phone, now the car.  Having revolutionised personal communication Apple now wants to change the way we drive.  The technology group will next week launch …
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.
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.
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Adds Full Restaurant Menus To Its Search Results Pages  —  Here is a small but nifty update to Google Search: if you ask it to find a restaurant menu for you, it will now often just show you the menu right on the search results page.  Try this for a search like “show me the menu for fogo de chao” …
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.

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