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November 18, 2013, 6:45 PM

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Marissa Mayer / Yahoo:
Yahoo will encrypt all information moving between its data centers by the end of Q1 2014  —  Our Commitment to Protecting Your Information  —  We've worked hard over the years to earn our users' trust and we fight hard to preserve it.  —  As you know, there have been a number of reports …
John Phillips / CNBC:
Bitcoin hits $750, up 107% in a week  —  Bitcoin touched a fresh all-time high on Monday as the digital currency continued to gain favor with investors.  —  The virtual currency rose to $750 on Mt. Gox exchange Monday afternoon, up 42 percent from Sunday's close and up 107 percent from a week earlier.
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 …
Barb Darrow / Gigaom:
Salesforce.com buys cloudconnect just in time for Dreamforce  —  Salesforce.com has purchased cloudconnect, a startup founded by Heroku and Salesforce.com alum Adam Gross who is now, I guess, back in the fold.  —  The news was posted — with scant details — on cloudconnect's web page which read:
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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.
Ted Johnson / Variety:
NFL, Major League Baseball Warn That Aereo Could Trigger End of Free TV Game Broadcasts  —  The National Football League and Major League Baseball are urging the Supreme Court to grant broadcasters' petition to hear their challenge to the legality of Aereo, the startup that features unauthorized streams of local broadcast signals.
Ashlee Vance / Businessweek:
Dropbox Seeks Another $250 million and $8 billion valuation  —  Dropbox has always had a flair for the dramatic.  Its CEO and co-founder Drew Houston, for example, appeared on a YouTube clip in 2012, belting out “Rocket Man” with a pint in hand at a Swiss bar—just one of several bravura performances.
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Grant Gross / Computerworld:
Google to pay $17M to states in Apple cookies case  —  State attorneys general accused the company of circumventing cookie-blocking defaults in the Safari browser  —  Google has reached a $17 million settlement with 37 U.S. states and the District of Columbia over its unauthorized placement …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Google blocks child porn in 100,000 searches, plans filter for YouTube  —  Google Chairman Eric Schmidt today said his company's search engine has made it far more difficult to find images of child pornography and that Google is developing a technology that will identify children being abused in YouTube videos.
Quentin Hardy / NYT Bits:
SurveyMonkey Releases Business Version of Popular Questionnaire Software  —  Corporations have a few questions for you.  And then a few more.  That trend is likely to increase, thanks to the way they are trying to make sense of your every move.  —  SurveyMonkey, which makes the online technology …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Password hack of vBulletin.com fuels fears of in-the-wild 0-day attacks  —  Update:On Monday afternoon, vBulletin Technical Support Lead Wayne Luke issued a statement that said:  —  “Given our analysis of the evidence provided by the Inject0r team, we do not believe that they have uncovered a 0-day vulnerability in vBulletin.
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.
Kim Zetter / Wired:
How the Feds Took Down the Silk Road Drug Wonderland  —  The dramatic takedown of the Silk Road drug market and the arrest of its alleged owner on drug trafficking and murder-for-hire charges last month began in part with an offhand tip to Department of Homeland Security investigators in Maryland in mid-2011.
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