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February 20, 2015, 11:25 PM

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Jim Finkle / Reuters:
US Department of Homeland Security urges Lenovo customers to remove Superfish software, citing the risk of SSL spoofing  —  U.S. government urges Lenovo customers to remove Superfish software  —  Boxes containing Lenovo desktop computers are seen in an office in Kiev March 12, 2012.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Microsoft updates Windows Defender, its onboard anti-virus software, to remove the Superfish software that was pre-installed on many Lenovo computers  —  Microsoft has updated Windows Defender to root out the Superfish adware  —  Microsoft just took a major step towards rooting out the Superfish adware …
Robert McMillan / Wired:
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple will fight iOS bugs with first-ever iOS Public Betas: 8.3 in March, 9 in summer  —  In an effort to eliminate bugs from upcoming iOS versions ahead of their general releases, Apple plans to launch the first-ever public beta program for the iOS operating system, according to multiple people briefed on the plans.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Postmates Picks Up $35M In Series C From Spark Capital  —  Postmates, the on-demand delivery service that operates in nearly 60 markets, has raised $35 million in Series C exclusively from existing investor Spark Capital, according to our sources.  —  Postmates is a service …
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / ZDNet:
In new partnership with Canonical, Microsoft and Amazon will publish their Internet of Things APIs on Ubuntu Core  —  Canonical partners with Amazon, Microsoft, and others on Internet of Things  —  Summary:Ubuntu Linux aims to become the glue that holds the Internet of Things together with its new partnerships.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Report: Google looks to promote Wallet by paying wireless carriers and sharing mobile ad revenue  —  Google may pay wireless carriers to revive Google Wallet  —  Google Wallet has had, at best, a checkered history.  Blocked by carriers, it suffered through changing product direction and competition from its own partners.
Mic Wright / The Next Web:
Kevin Rose's photo and video sharing app Tiiny is shutting down  —  Kevin Rose announced last month that he's stepped down from Google Ventures to focus on North Technologies, his startup focused on creating new mobile apps.  Now it looks like one of the projects it launched last year …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
800,000 Using HealthCare.gov Were Sent Incorrect Tax Data  —  WASHINGTON — About 800,000 taxpayers who enrolled in insurance policies through HealthCare.gov received erroneous tax information from the government, and were urged on Friday to hold off on filing tax returns until the error could be corrected.

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