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November 5, 2013, 6:25 AM

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How we know the NSA had access to internal Google and Yahoo cloud data  —  The Washington Post reported last Wednesday that the National Security Agency has been tapping into the private links that connect Google and Yahoo data centers around the world.  Today we offer additional background …
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
NSA chief likely to lose cyber war powers  —  Senior military officials are leaning toward removing the National Security Agency director's authority over U.S. Cyber Command, according to a former high-ranking administration official familiar with internal discussions.
Reuters:
New BlackBerry boss John Chen out to prove skeptics wrong  —  (Reuters) - John Chen, the man charged with breathing life into struggling BlackBerry Ltd, says he has no intention of killing the money-losing BlackBerry handset as he looks to turn around the smartphone maker.
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Helpouts, Paid Video Chats With Experts To Address Whatever Is Bothering You Right Now  —  Helpouts, Google's fusion of Google+ Hangouts, Google Wallet, and its identity tools is now live.  A ‘Helpout’ is a Hangout-like video chat, but instead of speaking with a friend …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple to build new manufacturing facility in Arizona with solar-power, will create 2000+ jobs  —  The State of Arizona today announced that Apple is planning to build a new manufacturing facility in the city of Mesa, Arizona.  The facility will create 700 jobs for manufacturing …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia preparing an 8-inch Lumia tablet for early next year  —  Nokia is currently preparing its next Windows-based Lumia tablet.  Twitter account Evleaks first revealed the codename for Nokia's 8-inch Windows tablet — Illusionist - and The Verge can confirm the Finnish smartphone maker is readying it for a release early next year.
Kashmir Hill / Forbes:
Parody Twitter account that apparently duped Costolo temporarily suspended without explanation  —  The Death And Rebirth Of @ProfJeffJarvis, The Best Parody Account On Twitter  —  For the Internet thinkeratti, @ProfJeffJarvis is a Twitter must-follow.  It's a satirical account that takes …
David Berlind / ProgrammableWeb:
Why The Attack on Buffer Was A Serious Wake-Up Call For The Web  —  On October 26, 2013, users of both Facebook and Twitter discovered that their accounts were responsible for spamming both social networks with unauthorized posts, many of which promoted a weight-loss scheme.
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Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
The Three Reasons Twitter Didn't Sell To Facebook  —  Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg tried to acquire Twitter not once but twice, through official channels and via co-founder Jack Dorsey.  The details of the efforts are revealed in Nick Bilton's new book Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Target Offering $200 Gift Card for iPad Trade-in, Including First Generation  —  From November 3 to November 9, Target is running an in-store promotion for its trade-in program that provides customers with a gift card worth at least $200 for any iPad, including low value first-generation models. iPads …
Marvin Ammori / Wired:
We're About to Lose Net Neutrality — And the Internet as We Know It  —  Net neutrality is a dead man walking.  The execution date isn't set, but it could be days, or months (at best).  And since net neutrality is the principle forbidding huge telecommunications companies from treating users …
Tim Worstall / Forbes:
Even Paul Allen Thinks That Microsoft Should Be Broken Up  —  This is an interesting intervention into the discussion about what the next CEO should do with Microsoft .  The investment house that manages Paul Allen's money, including his stake in Microsoft, is suggesting that they …
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
3D-Printing ‘Encryption’ App Hides Contraband Objects In Plain Sight  —  If 3D printing companies and government agencies hope to police the spread of dangerous or pirated shapes, their task is about to get much more complicated.  —  Late last month Matthew Plummer-Fernandez …
More: Engadget and Wired.co.ukThanks:@thealexknapp
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
We play with the Steam Machine, Valve's game console of the future  —  Can the company behind ‘Half-Life’ build hardware worthy of the TV?  —  Valve Corporation, the video game developer responsible for Half-Life, Portal, Team Fortress , and the digital distribution platform Steam …
Pew Research Journalism Project:
Twitter News Consumers: Young, Mobile and Educated  —  Nearly one-in-ten U.S. adults (8%) get news through Twitter, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center, in collaboration with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.  Compared with the 30% of Americans who get news on Facebook …
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Jeff Bezos' Wife Trashes The New Book On Amazon, Gives It 1 Star, Says The Author Got Lots Of Facts Wrong  —  Jeff Bezos' wife left a devastating review of the big new book about Amazon by Bloomberg Businessweek writer Brad Stone.  —  On Amazon (naturally) she gave the book 1 star titling her review, “I wanted to like this book.”
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Nexus 5 review: an excellent flagship smartphone if Google can fix its major camera issues  —  Nexus 5 review  —  The ultimate Google Phone?  —  In this review of the Nexus 5, I will attempt to answer one simple question: is Google capable of making a flagship, best-in-class smartphone it can sell for $349 off-contract?
Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
Nintendo's Wii Mini arrives in the US by ‘the middle of November’ for $100  —  Despite discontinuing Wii shipments in both Japan and Europe, Nintendo is apparently charging ahead with Wii sales in the US by offering a $100 Wii Mini this month with MarioKart Wii packed in.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon does FAA victory lap, offers 1-day Kindle discounts  —  Amazon was one of the winners in the FAA's decision last week to allow electronic gadgets to be used during all phases of flight.  Kindle users will be able to continue reading books during takeoff and landing …
Jason Del Rey / AllThingsD:
LivingSocial's Traffic Is Plummeting  —  When Amazon reported its third-quarter earnings late last month, it once again shed a bit of light on the troubles at LivingSocial, the deals site in which Amazon holds a 31 percent stake.  —  After revenue rose a modest six percent at LivingSocial …

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