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November 18, 2013, 12:30 PM

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Max Raskin / Bloomberg:
DOJ and SEC to note legitmate uses for Bitcoin in Senate hearing  —  U.S. Agencies to say Bitcoins Offer Legitimate Benefits  —  The Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission are telling a U.S. Senate committee that Bitcoins are legitimate financial instruments …
Burkhard Bilger / New Yorker:
Inside Google's Driverless Car  —  Has the self-driving car at last arrived?  Human beings make terrible drivers.  They talk on the phone and run red lights, signal to the left and turn to the right.  They drink too much beer and plow into trees or veer into traffic as they swat at their kids.
James Chapman / Daily Mail:
Google and Microsoft to improve filtering of results for child porn queries  —  Google block on child porn: At last!  Internet giant axes links to vile sex-abuse websites in stunning victory for Mail campaign  —  Internet search results linked to child abuse are to be blocked across the world in a stunning U-turn by Google.
Farhad Manjoo / Wall Street Journal:
Young people aren't reliable predictors of tech trends.  So where does that leave Snapchat?  —  We all tend to assume that young people are on the technological vanguard, knowing what ‘the next big thing’ will be.  But they are often wrong.
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Google is working on a new Android camera API, supports Camera RAW  —  Could a new API with many new features shore up one a big Android weak spot?  —  The Nexus 5 camera was a huge disappointment, especially after comments from high-ranking Googler Vic Gundotra stating that …
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Qualcomm's Toq smartwatch available December 2nd for $350  —  Where mobile devices are concerned, Qualcomm's normally a behind-the-scenes player, but that's all set to change next month.  The company has announced that its Toq smartwatch is coming to the market on December 2nd.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Password hack of vBulletin.com fuels fears of in-the-wild 0-day attacks  —  Forums software maker vBulletin has been breached by hackers who got access to customer password data and other personal information, in a compromise that has heightened speculation there may be a critical vulnerability …
New York Times:
CIA and DOD seek to block Russia from building US-based monitoring stations for GPS competitor  —  A Russian GPS Using U.S. Soil Stirs Spy Fears  —  WASHINGTON — In the view of America's spy services, the next potential threat from Russia may not come from a nefarious cyberweapon …
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