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November 20, 2013, 12:00 PM

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Polygon:
Xbox One review: a work in progress with surprisingly strong launch games, solid entertainment hub functionality  —  Xbox One: The Review  —  The Xbox 360 that exists in 2013 bears little resemblance to the console that Microsoft launched in 2005.  It's so different, in fact …
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
The Xbox One - Mini Review & Comparison to Xbox 360/PS4  —  Earlier this morning Microsoft lifted the embargo on press reviews of the Xbox One.  I've been playing with final hardware and near final software for a few days now and I wanted to share some thoughts.
Kirk Hamilton / Kotaku:
Xbox One almost reaches Microsoft's ambitious vision for a next-gen console  —  The Xbox One: The Kotaku Review  —  The Xbox One is a testament to Microsoft's towering ambition.  It represents their desire not only to occupy a place in your home entertainment center, but to lumber straight into the center of it.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
The First Apple Store App For iPad Nails Tablet Shopping With Clever Gesture And Image Focused Interface  —  Today, Apple is launching its very first Apple Store app for iPad, bringing a gorgeous shopping experience to its tablet in a long-overdue move.  The new app arrives just in time for the holidays …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Cupid Media Hack Exposed 42M Passwords  —  An intrusion at online dating service Cupid Media earlier this year exposed more than 42 million consumer records, including names, email addresses, unencrypted passwords and birthdays, according to information obtained by KrebsOnSecurity.
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Snapchat plans an API and experimental monetization with ads, emoticons, stickers, and virtual gifts  —  EXCLUSIVE: How Snapchat Plans To Make Money  —  Last week, news broke that a ~2.5 year old company called Snapchat had rejected an all-cash $3 billion takeover offer from Facebook.
Tweets: @jonrussell
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
The Great Snapchat Mirage  —  We don't know a single useful number about the hottest company in tech .  Why Snapchat may be much smaller than it sounds.  —  Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images  —  Every few months, since late 2012, Snapchat has released a new number to the public.
Tweets: @amir, @jwherrman and @karaswisherThanks:@mattlynley
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Samsung Urges Mistrial Citing Racism in Lawyer's Remark  —  Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) accused Apple Inc.'s lawyer of making a prejudiced remark during closing arguments in a retrial over how much the South Korean company owes the iPhone maker for patent infringement and asked the judge to halt the proceedings.
More: Gigaom, 9to5Mac, BGR, CNET and MacDailyNewsTweets: @danieleran
Bobby Sudekum / MapBox:
Mapping service MapBox demos 40-minute drone flight producing 100 acre map for OpenStreetMap  —  Drone Imagery for OpenStreetMap  —  Last weekend we captured 100 acres of aerial imagery at 4cm resolution.  It took less than an hour to fly, and it was easy to publish the imagery …
Robert McMillan / Wired:
Gaming Company Fined $1M for Turning Customers Into Secret Bitcoin Army  —  A gaming software company has been slapped with a $1 million fine after secretly adding bitcoin mining software to a product update earlier this year.  —  E-Sports Entertainment Association (ESEA) …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple Receives Final Approval for ‘Spaceship’ Campus From Cupertino City Council  —  Apple today received final approval for its Apple Campus 2 project from the Cupertino City Council after gaining a unanimous initial approval back in October.  “Go for it,” said Cupertino Mayor Orrin Mahoney …
Sean Buckley / Engadget:
Hands-on with Logitech's PowerShell Controller, an iOS 7 gamepad that charges your phone  —  Remember that fuzzy-looking iOS 7 gamepad that leaked back in June?  Turns out it's called the Logitech PowerShell Controller + Battery (a mouthful, right?), and it's one of the first iOS 7 certified gamepads on the market.
David Pogue / A Note from Pogue:
Nest Protect: Another Unloved Appliance, Reborn  —  Tony Fadell!  You've just spent 18 years at Apple, designed the iPod, and changed the world!  What are you going to do now?  —  The answer, evidently, was “reinvent the thermostat.”  Fadell founded Nest, created the Nest Internet-connected thermostat …
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
F.C.C. Chairman Calls for Transforming the Technology Used by Phone Systems  —  WASHINGTON — Americans could soon be one step closer to getting that videophone they were promised in the 1960s.  —  The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said on Tuesday that the agency would begin …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Comcast's Xfinity TV Store brings movies, TV shows you can keep to its cable boxes and apps  —  First revealed in rumors last week, the Comcast Xfinity TV Store is now available, selling movies and TV shows.  Until now the cable company has offered its traditional video subscriptions …
Emerging Technology From the arXiv:
Liquid Metal Printer Lays Electronic Circuits on Paper, Plastic and Even Cotton  —  A simple way to print circuits on a wide range of flexible substrates using an inkjet printer has eluded materials scientists.  Until now.  —  One of the dreams of makers the world over is to be able …

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SimilarWeb:
Does Ello's Sudden Rise In Popularity Herald A New Era Of Social Media?  —  The latest social network to be on the tip of everyone's tongue is the rebellious Ello which launched earlier this year and promises an ad-free experience.
Zoho:
Thank You India!  Your Spirit Made It Happen  —  Our much awaited Zoholics (Nov 20-21) India event just got over, and the response has been amazing.  Thank you for showing such an overwhelming support to our efforts …
Igloo:
All the coding ladies  —  Much has been said about women in technology this week as a result of Barbie once again, letting down the female population (or more appropriately, humankind as a whole) …
 

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