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Rachel King / ZDNet: Android for Work shapes up with new enterprise program launch  —  Summary:Google is partnering with a number of tech giants, from device makers to network infrastructure providers to management app makers to launch the Android for Work platform.  —  Following up Inbox's expansion …

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Farhad Manjoo / New York Times: Q&A with Dick Costolo on Twitter's lack of broad appeal and plans to handle harassment  —  Dick Costolo Thinks It's O.K. To Never Tweet  —  In a recent earnings report, you said Twitter had 288 million active users a month — only a few million more than in the quarter before.

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Google now automatically converts Flash ads to HTML5  —  Google today began automatically converting Adobe Flash ads to HTML5.  As a result, it's now even easier for advertisers to target users on the Google Display Network without a device or browser that supports Flash.

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Conor Dougherty / New York Times: Google to propose new headquarters in Mountain View this week as the city fears being overrun  —  Google Plans New Headquarters, and a City Fears Being Overrun  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Apple is moving into a headquarters building that looks like a spaceship.

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Russell Brandom / The Verge: Gemalto hack may have given NSA and GCHQ power to remotely install spyware on any phone  —  The NSA's SIM heist could have given it the power to plant spyware on any phone  —  Last week, The Intercept published shocking new documents detailing a campaign by US and UK spies to hack …

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Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard: As Gemalto downplays breach by NSA and GCHQ, experts say six day investigation was likely insufficient  —  World's Largest SIM Card Maker Has No Clue Whether It Was Hacked by the NSA  —  Last week, new documents leaked by Edward Snowden revealed one of the NSA and GCHQ's most daring operations …

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Ben Popper / The Verge: Layer launches to the public with the aim of unifying mobile messaging in all apps  —  As messaging apps proliferate, one service aims to power them all  —  We live in a world where messaging apps command $20 billion valuations, but amidst that embarrassment of riches is a major pain for users …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Target Says Credit Card Data Breach Cost It $162M In 2013-14  —  When it comes to data breaches, retailers are one of the biggest targets these days, and today we have some detail on the costs around one of the more high-profile attacks.  Target today said that it has booked $162 million …

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft Garage incubator delivers new Windows Phone, Android productivity apps  —  Summary:Microsoft has made a handful of new, free experimental productivity apps for Windows Phone and Android available for download from its Garage incubator.  —  In October 2014, Microsoft announced …

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Paul Carsten / Reuters: Since Snowden leaks, China has dropped Cisco, Apple, McAfee, and others for government purchases  —  Exclusive: China drops leading technology brands for state purchases  —  (Reuters) - China has dropped some of the world's leading technology brands from its approved state purchase lists …

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Dan Thorp-Lancaster / Android Central: Ting launches open beta for GSM service on T-Mobile's network  —  Ting launches open beta for its GSM network  —  Ting's GSM network, which it announced late last year, has officially entered into an open beta.  Previously, customers could test the network out on an invite-only basis.

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Steven Davidoff Solomon / New York Times: Dish Network saved $3.25B by bidding for spectrum as a “very small business” using loopholes  —  How Loopholes Turned Dish Network Into a ‘Very Small Business’  —  Charles W. Ergen, the billionaire who controls the satellite-TV provider Dish Network, and his company …

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Dan Seifert / The Verge: Motorola's new Moto E has LTE and a bigger screen for just $149  —  Motorola teased an announcement in the form a hand-delivered package last week, and sure enough, today the company delivered a box with a new Moto E. The second-generation Moto E is still Motorola's most affordable smartphone in its lineup …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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