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November 13, 2013, 7:10 PM

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Snapchat Spurned $3 Billion Acquisition Offer from Facebook  —  Snapchat, a rapidly growing messaging service, recently spurned an all-cash acquisition offer from Facebook for $3 billion or more, according to people briefed on the matter.  —  The offer, and rebuff, came as Snapchat …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
HP and Google order ‘pause’ in Chromebook 11 sales after reports of chargers overheating  —  The HP Chromebook 11 has been pulled from Best Buy store shelves, and sales halted on Amazon and HP and Google's online stores, following customer complaints of chargers overheating.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Motorola Makes The Moto G Official, A “Premium” Phone Starting At $179 Unlocked  —  On-Demand Photography Marketplace Scoopshot Snaps $3.9 Million Series A  —  Motorola held a special event today to reveal its new Moto G, a spiritual sibling to the Moto X and a way for the Google-owned smartphone maker …
Jeff Barr / Amazon Web Services Blog:
Amazon WorkSpaces - Desktop Computing in the Cloud  —  Once upon a time, enterprises had a straightforward way to give each employee access to a desktop computer.  New employees would join the organization and receive a standard-issue desktop, preconfigured with a common set of tools and applications.
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple's $10.5B on Robots to Lasers Shores Up Supply Chain  —  Apple Inc. is putting a record $10.5 billion to work in new technology — from assembly robots to milling machines — that consumers will never see.  —  To get a jump on rivals like Samsung Electronics Co. and lay the groundwork for new products …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Hits 200M Users, Unveils New “For Business” Client Combining Work And Personal Files  —  CEO Drew Houston today announced that Dropbox has hit 200 million users, up from 175 million in July.  He later revealed the new Dropbox For Business client securely houses both a user's personal …
Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
Google Is Now Bigger Than Both The Magazine And Newspaper Industries  —  Google has become so big that sometimes it's difficult to understand just how big it is.  It's on course to do $60 billion in revenue this year, almost all of that from advertising.  But how big is that in terms of the media it competes against for ad dollars?
Jason Del Rey / AllThingsD:
LivingSocial Is Still Down, More Than 20 Hours Later (Updated)  —  More than 20 hours after its website and mobile apps stopped working, LivingSocial properties are still down in the U.S.  —  The deals site and its mobile apps have been down since at least 2:45 pm ET on Tuesday.
Jason Del Rey / AllThingsD:
Fab to Lay Off at Least Another 50 Employees  —  Restructuring efforts at Fab are about to hit its New York headquarters hard, according to sources close to the situation.  —  The e-commerce startup, which recently received massive funding, is getting ready to announce another round of layoffs in the U.S. …
More: Betabeat and Digits
Polygon:
PlayStation 4 review: focus on gaming is undermined by lack of compelling software at launch  —  PlayStation 4 Review  —  In the seven years since the introduction of the PlayStation 3, we've seen our gaming consoles transform into living room hubs through constant evolution and software updates.
Dennis Fisher / Threatpost:
Microsoft warns customers away from SHA-1 and RC4  —  The RC4 and SHA-1 algorithms have taken a lot of hits in recent years, with new attacks popping up on a regular basis.  Many security experts and cryptographers have been recommending that vendors begin phasing the two out …
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
The Dual-Screen YotaPhone Will Launch Internationally In December  —  Russia-based Yota Devices has been working on a curious beast called the YotaPhone for years now, and it's gained quite a reputation for itself because of its split personality.  While the front of the phone sports …
More: CNET
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects A7-based Apple TV in 2014, television set in 2015-2016  —  Ever since hearing that Steve Jobs had “cracked” the TV industry, Apple fans have been waiting for the day the company would release an actual television set.  For now, Apple has given us the Apple TV set-top box …
Reuters:
Juniper appoints Barclays executive Shaygan Kheradpir CEO  —  Network gear maker Juniper Networks Inc named Barclays Plc's chief operations and technology officer, Shaygan Kheradpir, as successor to Chief Executive Kevin Johnson.  —  Kheradpir joined Barclays in January 2011.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Foursquare's Longtime Head of Product Leaves, Midway Through a Huge Product Rollout  —  Foursquare is saying goodbye to its product head, a longtime employee whose ties to CEO Dennis Crowley go back many years.  —  Yesterday, Crowley told employees that Alex Rainert, who was the mobile discovery app's 10th hire, is leaving.
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
In $187.5M IPO, Chegg Debuts On NYSE In Twitter's Shadow, As Shares Slump 15 Percent  —  It's been a long-time in coming, but eight-year-old education company, Chegg, debuted this morning on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “CHGG.”  In the days prior, Chegg priced …

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