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February 19, 2015, 11:25 PM

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The Intercept:
How US and UK spies hacked into world's largest maker of SIM cards and stole encryption keys  —  How Spies Stole the Keys to the Encryption Castle  —  AMERICAN AND BRITISH spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Revealed: The experts Apple hired to build an electric car  —  In the last few weeks we've heard about a poaching war between Apple and Tesla, a couple hires by Apple from the auto industry, and a whole lot of speculation followed by reports that Apple has a team of hundreds working on an electric vehicle.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Pebble teases new model, sources say thinner watch with color screen in the works  —  Pebble updated its website this morning to tease a new model of its popular smartwatch.  The announcement is scheduled for 10 AM on Tuesday next week, but Pebble has not specified what exactly is launching.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Some Lenovo notebooks shipped with man-in-the-middle Superfish adware that breaks HTTPS connections, affects Chrome and Internet Explorer  —  Lenovo PCs ship with man-in-the-middle adware that breaks HTTPS connections  —  Superfish may make it trivial for attackers to spoof any HTTPS website.
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Lenovo CTO Peter Hortensius says company is working on a tool to remove Superfish from PCs, claims security community are dealing with “theoretical concerns”  —  Lenovo CTO: We're Working to Wipe Superfish App Off of PCs  —  Lenovo is working quickly to wipe all traces of an app …
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Mobile Development Suite combines Flurry Analytics with ad and search tools for apps  —  New Yahoo Mobile Development Suite Seduces App Makers With Analytics, Search, Ads  —  Today at Yahoo's first mobile developer conference, the tech giant unveiled its new Yahoo Mobile Development Suite …
Marco della Cava / USA Today:
YouTube Kids for Android set to launch Feb. 23, features 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 …
Taylor Kourim / Gmail Blog:
Google Inbox comes to iPad and Android tablets, supports Firefox and Safari as well as Chrome  —  Inbox by Gmail: now in more places  —  It's always hard to know when it's time to share a new product, because there's always just a _few_ more things you want to do.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
BuzzFeed Expands Mobile Team By Acquiring “Visual Conversation” Startup GoPop  —  BuzzFeed just announced that it's acquiring San Francisco startup GoPop.  —  The startup was originally known as Zeega, and it was part of the first class at Matter, the Knight Foundation- and KQED-backed incubator for media startups.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple Initiates Repair Program for 2011-2013 MacBook Pros With Video Issues  —  Apple has launched a repair program to fix MacBook Pro machines sold between February 2011 and February 2013 that have problems with distorted video, no video, or unexpected system restarts.
Eric Beech / Reuters:
WSJ: Hackers still able to access US State Department network three months since email breach  —  State Dept. has yet to clear its computer network of hackers: WSJ  —  (Reuters) - Three months after the U.S. State Department confirmed hackers breached its unclassified email system …
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
IFTTT Launches 3 “Do” Apps To Automate Photo Sharing, Tasks, Notes; Rebrands Main App “IF”  —  IFTTT made its name in the tech world with a platform for “Recipes” that people could use to automate online and mobile actions in and between different apps and services — developer mechanics, simplified.
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Now 25 years old, what's next for Photoshop?  An interview with Adobe's Stephen Nielson  —  Obsessed with mobile growth?  Join us February 23-24 when we reveal the best technologies and strategies to help your company grow on mobile.  It all takes place at our 5th annual Mobile Summit …
Euan Rocha / Reuters:
BlackBerry 10 devices get 10.3.1 update that gives access to Amazon Appstore  —  BlackBerry updates software, offers access to Android apps  —  (Reuters) - BlackBerry rolled out a major software update on Thursday, allowing users of its entire suite of BlackBerry 10 devices such as the Z10 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
With Launch Of “Topics,” Imgur Adds A New Way To Explore By Interests  —  After moving to a fully ad-supported model earlier this month, popular photo-sharing site Imgur is today introducing a new feature designed to make it easier for visitors to explore images that relate to subjects of interest to them.
Jared Newman / PC World:
Sony's $160 Micro SDXC card, marketed as “Premium Sound” storage, costs 4X-5X similar cards, but can't improve sound quality  —  Sony's latest snake oil: Pricey ‘Premium Sound’ Micro SDXC cards  —  Need the perfect expandable storage solution for your $1,200 Walkman?

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