November 9, 2013, 11:40 PM

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Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Early Xbox One delivery reveals 500MB initial update, 17 second startup — then banned (update 3)  —  Now that there are Xbox Ones in the wild — thanks to Target's apparently leaky pre-order system — we're finding out more and more about the system.  Moonlight Swami has been busy messing around …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
How Twitter's largest outside investor tricked me  —  Twitter's largest outside investor used a brilliantly simple way to avoid detection.  —  FORTUNE — When Twitter (TWTR) unveiled its IPO registration last month, a lot of folks were stunned to learn that the company's two largest institutional owners …
Tweets: @gusfuldner and @rsarver
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
Three 20-year-olds build their own version of  —  A trio of programmers in San Francisco have built their own version of, the federal insurance marketplace that has had serious technical issues since launching on October 1st, over the course of “a few late nights.”
Brendan Sasso / TheHill:
White House considers civilian for NSA chief  —  White House is considering whether to name a civilian to lead the National Security Agency for the first time ever.  —  No decision has been made yet, but officials have drafted a list of possible civilian candidates for the post …
More: CNET, Gizmodo and The Verge
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple v. Samsung: The patent retrial of the century starts Tuesday  —  An Apple victory could result in the second largest patent infringement award in history.  —  FORTUNE — If you thought that the one billion dollars a jury awarded Apple (AAPL) last year had been cut nearly in half, you may be forgiven.
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Senator wants end to demand letters from “bottom feeder” patent trolls  —  An anti-patent-troll bill was introduced in Congress two weeks ago and debated at the House Judiciary Committee last week.  Yesterday, a Senate committee convened to talk about one of the nastier sides of the patent wars …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Can Twitter Fix Its Product Problem?  —  A handful of times a year, clusters of Twitter engineers will line the walls of the company's cavernous main hall, gathering around smartphones, monitors or poster board setups.  The large, open-air room buzzes with excitement as employees show off …
Tweets: @mikeisaac, @pkafka and @fmanjoo
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
An App “Middle Class” Continues To Grow: Independently Owned Apps With A Million-Plus Users Up 121% Over Past 18 Months  —  It may be getting harder for mobile developers to break into the top charts in the various app stores, but there is a healthy and growing “middle class” app economy …

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