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November 20, 2013, 9:10 PM

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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.
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.
More: WinBeta and destructoid
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Kellex / Droid Life:
Google Wallet Card is Official, Wallet Users Can Sign Up Now for Physical Cards  —  A few months back, rumors of a physical Google Wallet card surfaced, suggesting that Google would give you a credit/debit card that could access your Google Wallet balance and be used for purchasing goods.
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 …
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.
Nitasha Tiku / Valleywag:
Jay Z and Ashton Kutcher-Backed “Uber For Planes” Grinds to a Halt  —  Of all the “Uber for __” propositions, the splashiest by far was Blackjet, the app that purports to help wealthy users book seats on private jets (for a $2,500 annual membership fee).  When it launched last October …
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Google Play Newsstand merges Currents, magazines and newspapers on Android today, iOS in 2014  —  Google is not particularly great at keeping secrets.  Its Nexus devices always leak and peeks at code are constantly revealing features before they're announced.
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Now Sells T-Shirts That Claim Google's Chrome Steals Your Data  —  Microsoft has started to sell t-shirts, hats, mugs, and sweatshirts that bear slogans from its Scroogled campaign that needles Google as bad on privacy.  I confirmed with the company that the clothing line was released today.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Self-driving vehicles still a decade away, experts tell Congress  —  Truly autonomous vehicles won't arrive until at least 2020 and likely later, according to a panel of car company executives and researchers that spoke to Congress this week.  Mike Robinson, vice president of sustainability …
TechCrunch:
Dropbox-Rival Box Is Raising $100M In New Funding At A $2B Valuation  —  Posted 13 seconds ago by Alex Wilhelm (@alex), Leena Rao (@leenarao)  —  TOMS Founder Blake Mycoskie On Turning The One-For-One Charity Model Into A Platform  —  Enterprise cloud file storage firm Box is raising …
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Instagram comes to Windows Phone with in-app image capture but no video support  —  Instagram comes to Windows Phone Store today without in-app image capture or video support (update: image capture is there)  —  These days, a mobile OS is only as good as its ecosystem, and no company knows this fact more than Microsoft.
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.
James Ball / Guardian:
US and UK struck secret data pact  —  • 2007 deal allows NSA to store previously restricted material  —  • UK citizens not suspected of wrongdoing caught up in dragnet  —  • Separate draft memo proposes US spying on ‘Five-Eyes’ allies  —  The phone, internet and email records …
More: Channel 4 and TheHillTweets: @ggreenwald
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Google's chief internet evangelist says ‘privacy may actually be an anomaly’  —  Google's chief internet evangelist, Vint Cerf, suggests that privacy is a fairly new development that may not be sustainable.  “Privacy may actually be an anomaly,” Cerf said at an FTC event yesterday while taking questions.
Preston Gralla / Computerworld:
Dell Venue 8 Pro review: A Windows 8.1 tablet for the rest of us  —  Dell's new 8-in. tablet offers a fine display and good features at a price that most Windows users can afford.  —  With the new Dell Venue 8 Pro, we're finally seeing a full-blown Windows 8.1 tablet for the masses.
More: The Verge

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