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November 8, 2013, 5:55 PM

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Bloomberg:
Microsoft CEO candidate Stephen Elop may sell Xbox biz, kill Bing, focus on cross-platform Office  —  Microsoft CEO Candidate Elop Said to Mull Windows Shift  —  Stephen Elop, a candidate to replace Steve Ballmer as Microsoft Corp.'s chief executive officer, would consider breaking …
Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
Your new Xbox One won't do much without the day one patch  —  Imagine it's November 22nd: You've got your shiny new Xbox One from the local games merchant, you've got it home, and it's time to video game.  Aw shucks, the internet is out!  But that's okay, as you've got yourself a physical game disc ready to go.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Xbox, watch TV: inside Microsoft's audacious plan to take over the living room  —  Can the Xbox One finally kickstart the TV revolution?  —  So he spoke, and the minstrel, moved by the god, began and let his song be heard, taking up the tale where the Argives had embarked on their benched ships …
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Hands-on with the Xbox One: Kinect, interface, and OS impressions  —  We give voice controls, multitasking, and even live TV a good workout.  —  While Microsoft has demonstrated early versions of the Xbox One user interface and base operating system in the past, previous demos …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Reuters:
Exclusive: BlackBerry board rejected proposals to break up company - sources  —  (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd's board does not believe a break-up of the Canadian smartphone maker is currently in its best interests, even though Microsoft Corp, Apple Inc and Lenovo Group Ltd, among others …
Reuters:
Exclusive: Snowden persuaded other NSA workers to give up passwords - sources  —  (Reuters) - Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden used login credentials and passwords provided unwittingly by colleagues at a spy base in Hawaii to access some of the classified material he leaked to the media, sources said.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Boost Mobile starts selling the iPhone 5s and 5c today for $200 off for new customers, starting at $349 unsubsidized  —  From 9to5Toys.com:  —  As we've noted on a few occasions, Sprint pre-paid subsidiaryBoost Mobile is now carrying the iPhone for the first time in its history.
Reuters:
Exclusive: Hot tech start-up Box picks banks for '14 IPO - sources  —  (Reuters) - Data storage company Box, one of the most highly anticipated IPO candidates in Silicon Valley, has selected banks to lead a proposed initial public offering that could come in the first half of 2014, according to three people familiar with the matter.
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim asks: ‘Why the f*** do I need a Google+ account to comment on a video?’  —  YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim has shared his thoughts on the new Google+ commenting system that was introduced to the video-sharing site earlier this week.  In short, he's not very impressed.
Robert McMillan / Wired:
$1.2M Hack Shows Why You Should Never Store Bitcoins on the Internet  —  Here's your digital currency lesson of the day, courtesy of a guy who calls himself TradeFortress: “I don't recommend storing any bitcoins accessible on computers connected to the internet.”  —  That may sound like a paradox.

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