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February 17, 2015, 10:05 AM

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Extensive Kasperky Lab report details advanced spy capabilities of Stuxnet-linked threat actor dubbed “Equation Group”  —  How “omnipotent” hackers tied to NSA hid for 14 years—and were found at last  —  “Equation Group” ran the most advanced hacking operation ever uncovered.
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
NSA-linked “Equation Group” can infect computers repeatedly via spyware inserted in hard disk firmware  —  Russian researchers expose breakthrough U.S. spying program  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives …
Brad Smith / Microsoft on the Issues:
Microsoft announces its cloud services are compliant with ISO 27018, a new international standard for privacy  —  Microsoft adopts first international cloud privacy standard  —  Today marks a major milestone, as Microsoft is the first major cloud provider to adopt the world's first international standard for cloud privacy.
Ian Parker / New Yorker:
An in-depth look inside the top-secret lab where Jonathan Ive's design team created the Apple Watch  —  The Shape of Things to Come  —  How an industrial designer became Apple's greatest product.  —  I. Launch Day … “We can do this the easy way or we can do this the cute way.”  —  »
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:
WSJ: Apple struggled to find purpose for Apple Watch after many planned health features were cut  —  The Wall Street Journal revealed tonight that many of the planned health features that Apple intended to include in its first-generation wearable were cut from the final product.
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:
Sony announces pre-orders of SmartEyeglass Developer Edition, in the UK and Germany for $840  —  Sony Announces Pre-Orders Of SmartEyeglass Developer Edition, Starting Today In The UK And Germany For $840  —  Sony slipped the official SmartEyeglass app into the Play Store yesterday …
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Pebble's Android Wear support goes from beta to public release  —  Smartwatch maker Pebble now supports Android Wear notifications  —  Obsessed with mobile growth?  Join us February 23-24 when we reveal the best technologies and strategies to help your company grow on mobile.
Carmel DeAmicis / Gigaom:
Yik Yak's growth flatlined after funding by Sequoia, raising the question of whether the product was a fad  —  Yik Yak's growth flatlined after funding, but why?  —  Yik Yak, the app that's becoming a social media staple on college campuses in the U.S., saw its downloads dip and flatline right around …
Michael Zhang / PetaPixel:
Toshiba developing rear 5MP and 13MP camera modules and a front-facing 2MP module for Project Ara  —  Toshiba Shows Off its Camera Module Prototypes for Google's Project Ara Phone  —  Google is hard at work on Project Ara, a modular smartphone that will allow users to swap critical components in and out, including the onboard camera.

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