February 25, 2015, 10:20 AM

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Bloomberg Business:
Apple told to pay $532.9M to Smartflash LLC for patent infringement in iTunes, will appeal  —  Apple Told by Jury to Pay $532.9 Million in Gaming Patent Trial  —  Don't Miss Out —  (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. was told to pay $532.9 million after a federal jury said the company's iTunes software …
Gemalto confirms hack by NSA and GCHQ, but says no massive theft of SIM encryption keys, only a breach of its office network  —  Gemalto presents the findings of its investigations into the alleged hacking of SIM card encryption keys by Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA)
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Firmware is vulnerable because vendors rarely sign or authenticate the software  —  Why Firmware Is So Vulnerable to Hacking, and What Can Be Done About It  —  When Kaspersky Lab revealed last week that it had uncovered a sophisticated piece of malware designed to plant malicious code inside …
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Hortonworks falls short with $12.7M in revenue in its first earnings report  —  Updated at 4:38 p.m. Pacific to remove references to Cloudera's customer base.  A Cloudera spokeswoman says Cloudera and Hortonworks count customers differently.  —  Hortonworks, a company selling a distribution …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Perceptiv introduces SHIFT, a plug-in accessory for drones that lets filmmakers track and frame subjects; available fall 2015 for $600  —  Perceptiv's SHIFT Turns Drones Into Smart Dollies For Filmmakers  —  Drone tech is exciting and full of potential, but few companies are focusing on tech …
Internet of things starter kit unveiled by ARM and IBM  —  A “starter kit” designed to spur on the invention of internet-connected gadgets has been announced as part of a tie-up between two leading tech firms.  —  Chip designer ARM and cloud services giant IBM say it can take just five minutes …
Android and iOS take 96% of smartphone OS market in Q4 and calendar year 2014  —  Android and iOS Squeeze the Competition, Swelling to 96.3% of the Smartphone Operating System Market for Both 4Q14 and CY14, According to IDC  —  Android and iOS inched closer to total domination …
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Twitter's “While You Were Away” Feature Launches On Android  —  One month after launching on iOS, Twitter's “While You Were Away” feature is finally available for Android users.  —  “While You Were Away,” which Twitter first previewed last fall, represents a significant departure from the real …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Reddit now prohibits posting nude photos or videos of sex acts without prior consent from the people depicted in them  —  In Privacy Update, Reddit Tightens Restrictions on Nude Photos  —  For nearly a decade, Reddit, the huge online message board, has been known for its freewheeling stance on letting its users govern themselves.
Matthew Goldstein / New York Times:
Wall St. and Law Firms Plan Cooperative Body to Bolster Online Security  —  The threat of ever-larger online attacks is bringing together Wall Street banks and the big law firms that do work for them in an alliance that could result in some sharing of basic information about digital security issues.
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Joab Jackson / PC World:
IBM brings location awareness to MobileFirst apps  —  Enterprise apps built with IBM's MobileFirst management and development platform can now be made more aware of their surroundings.  —  The new capabilities, included in an upcoming MobileFirst update, could give app users more information …
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Lab:
Medium adds tags, simplifies posting, and redesigns presentation of posts as it aims for shorter, off-the-cuff content  —  Medium, known for going long, wants to go shorter  —  Medium announced some new updates to its publishing platform today.  They include a tagging system …
Lisa Eadicicco / Business Insider:
Pebble Time sells out at lowest $159 tier on Kickstarter, passes $3M in pre-sales in under two hours  —  Pebble raised more than $5 million in less than five hours for its new smartwatch  —  Pebble doubled its Kickstarter goal and raised $1 million dollars for its new smartwatch in less than an hour.

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