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February 20, 2015, 3:20 PM

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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.
Robert McMillan / Wired:
Lenovo's Response to Its Dangerous Adware Is Astonishingly Clueless  —  If you've bought a Lenovo laptop anytime since August, it may have shipped with a dangerous bit of adware known as Visual Discovery by Superfish.  It's the kind of software add-on that computer makers are often paid to include with their hardware.
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 …
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.
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Marco della Cava / USA Today:
YouTube Kids for Android set to launch February 23 featuring parental controls and a simplified UI  —  YouTube unveils new app for kids  —  SAN FRANCISCO - YouTube is repository of clips that range from exceedingly educational to suggestively explicit.  So to make sure younger fans …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Viv, Built By Siri's Creators, Scores $12.5 Million For An AI Technology That Can Teach Itself  —  The company behind Viv, a powerful form of AI built by Siri's creators which is able to learn from the world to improve upon its capabilities, has just closed on $12.5 million in Series B funding.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple considering dedicated Apple Watch stores as it sets up Paris booth  —  Apple Watch hands-on table from September Media Event  —  According to multiple reports out of France, Apple is constructing a dedicated display for the upcoming Apple Watch in some upscale Paris-based retail outlets.
Mark Scott / New York Times:
World's largest SIM card maker Gemalto to investigate claims NSA and GCHQ hacked their networks to steal SIM encryption codes  —  Chip Maker to Investigate Claims of Hacking by N.S.A. and British Spy Agencies  —  LONDON — Gemalto, a digital security company based in the Netherlands …

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