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Sebastian Anthony / Ars Technica: Source: Top-end 128GB Samsung Galaxy S6 priced at $1,189, curved model facing supply constraints  —  Source: Curved Samsung Galaxy S6 will suffer from yield issues at launch  —  One of Samsung's carrier partners gives Ars Technica the skinny.  —  According to a source …

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Facebook: Internet.org's 2014 State of Global Connectivity report: Internet adoption growth slows to 6.6%, just 32% of people have Internet access in emerging economies  —  The State of Global Connectivity  —  State of Connectivity: A Report on Global Internet Access, a new study by Internet.org examines …

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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 …

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Gemalto World leader in Digital Security: Gemalto cofirms 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)

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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 …

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Inside BlackBerry: Blackberry Classic will launch on Verizon Feb. 26; $100 with $50 rebate on two-year contract  —  BlackBerry Classic Available This Thursday On The Verizon Wireless Network  —  BlackBerry Classic Available Feb. 26 on the Verizon Wireless Network  —  Familiar Design and QWERTY Keyboard on the Nation's Most Reliable 4G LTE Network

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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 …

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Dennis Fisher / Threatpost: Google turns annual Pwnium bug-hunting contest into year-round program with unlimited rewards  —  Google Pwnium Program Now Open All Year  —  Google is expanding its successful Pwnium vulnerability reward program-which has run at various security conferences for a couple of years …

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David Meyer / Gigaom: Opera launches App Pass zero-rating tool for carriers; testing to begin with Norwegian carrier Telenor in Asia  —  Opera launches App Pass zero-rating tool for carriers  —  Opera Max App Pass  —  Opera Max App Pass  —  Opera has released a new tool called App Pass …

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Paul Smith / The Australian Financial Review: Xero lands $NZ132.9 million backing from Accel Partners ahead of US listing  —  Online accounting software maker Xero has scored a $NZ132.9 million ($US100 million) investment from Silicon Valley heavyweights Accel Partners, in a major boost to its plans to pursue aggressive expansion in the competitive, but lucrative US market.

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Mark Hosenball / Reuters: US offers $3M reward for Russian hacker Evgeniy Bogachev for his role in GameOver Zeus botnet  —  U.S. offers highest-ever reward for Russian hacker  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department and FBI on Tuesday announced a $3 million reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction …

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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 …

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Caroline Humer / Reuters: Anthem says breach may have also affected up to 18.8M Blue Cross Blue Shield customers  —  Anthem says at least 8.8 million non-customers could be victims in data hack  —  (Reuters) - Health insurer Anthem Inc, which earlier this month reported that it was hit by a massive cyberbreach …

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Rachel King / ZDNet: Juniper CIO Bask Iyer to become next VMware CIO, replacing Tony Scott  —  VMware hires its new CIO away from Juniper Networks  —  Summary:With its current CIO on his way to Washington, VMware has plucked up the CIO at Juniper Networks.  —  Chief information officers are hot commodities these days …

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Microsoft removing Google Talk integration and discontinuing support for Facebook chat in Outlook  —  Microsoft kills off Google and Facebook chat for Outlook.com  —  Microsoft is revealing today that it plans to kill off Google and Facebook chat from its Outlook.com email service “within the next couple of weeks.”

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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch: Google Acquires Facebook Marketing Startup Toro  —  Toro, a startup that helps developers promote their apps on Facebook, just announced that it's been acquired by Google.  —  The company was originally known as Red Hot Labs, and it's led by Amitt Mahajan and Joel Poloney.

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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica: Net neutrality order could get last-minute change on peering classifications as FCC Democrat Mignon Clyburn reportedly questions Wheeler's plan  —  Net neutrality order could get last-minute change on peering disputes  —  FCC Democrat reportedly questions Chairman Tom Wheeler's plan.

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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 …

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BBC: 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 …

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Liz Gannes / Re/code: Former Kleiner Perkins partner Trae Vassallo to testify she was harassed by same partner as Ellen Pao  —  Venture Capitalist Trae Vassallo to Testify She Was Harassed by Same Partner as Ellen Pao  —  One of the first witnesses in the gender discrimination case brought by former partner Ellen Pao …

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Google Tests Live Chat With Businesses From Search Results  —  Google is testing out a service that incorporates live chat with businesses right into search results, via a new link that shows whether a business is currently available, and immediately launches a chat via Google Hangouts (on either desktop or mobile) if they are.

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Kurt Wagner / Re/code: Twitter's global head of developer and platform relations, Jeff Sandquist, is departing after less than 18 months  —  Twitter's Global Developer Lead Jeff Sandquist Departing  —  Twitter's global head of developer and platform relations, Jeff Sandquist, is leaving the company at the end of the week …

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Rachel King / ZDNet: HP posts mixed Q1 results as revenue slipped 5% year-over-year to $26.8B; strong US dollar cited as culprit  —  HP posts mixed Q1 results as revenue slips with weak Q2 outlook  —  Summary:Wall Street was looking for earnings of 91 cents per share with $27.34 billion in revenue.

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Brian Ellin / Medium: Medium adds tags, simplifies posting, and redesigns presentation of posts as it aims for shorter, off-the-cuff content  —  New ways to write and read on Medium  —  Here at Medium, we're always striving to make it easier for you to share your stories and ideas—but sometimes things get in the way.

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