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December 1, 2013, 10:20 PM

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CBS News:
Amazon unveils futuristic plan: Delivery by drone  —  Amazon's secret R&D project aimed at delivering packages to your doorstep by “octocopter” mini-drones with a mere 30-minute delivery time  —  Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos had a big surprise for correspondent Charlie Rose this week.
Charlie Rose / CBS News:
Amazon's Jeff Bezos looks to the future  —  Amazon is the world's largest online retailer, serving 225M customers.  What's next for the company that prides itself on disrupting tradition?  There has never been a company quite like Amazon.  Conceived as an online book seller …
More: Forbes, The Hill and The Next WebTweets: @valleyhack
New York Times:
Inside the Race to Rescue a Health Site, and Obama  —  WASHINGTON — As a small coterie of grim-faced advisers shuffled into the Oval Office on the evening of Oct. 15, President Obama's chief domestic accomplishment was falling apart 24 miles away, at a bustling high-tech data center in suburban Virginia.
Sam Altman:
Bitcoin will only succeed if legitimate transaction volume ramps up  —  Thoughts on Bitcoin  —  Maybe bitcoin will be the world reserve currency, maybe it will totally fail, or maybe it will survive in some niche capacity.  I don't know how to weight the probabilities …
Tweets: @abrams and @hunterwalk
Thomas Schulz / Spiegel Online:
Tech Giants Like Apple and Amazon Building Monuments to Digital Domination  —  Technology giants in the United States are building bombastic new headquarters to immortalize their grandiose ambitions, while inside they plan to turn traditional office culture on its head.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Silk Road Competitor Shuts Down And Another Plans To Go Offline After Claimed $6 Million Theft  —  When a black market calls itself “Sheep,” it's no surprise when someone gets fleeced.  But the effects of a purported theft of thousands of bitcoins from the drug-selling site Sheep Marketplace …
John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
Sentient code: An inside look at Stephen Wolfram's utterly new, insanely ambitious computational paradigm  —  In 2002 Stephen Wolfram released A New Kind of Science and immediately unleashed a firestorm of wonder, controversy, and criticism as the British-born scientist, programmer …
Tweets: @carlzimmer
Ted Greenwald / MIT Technology Review:
Profile of Aaron Levie, Who Is Trying to Make the Startup Box Vital for Work  —  The CEO of Box is building an online file storage system designed to reshape industries.  —  Aaron Levie bounds onstage with the swagger of a standup comic.  But he's not performing at the Comedy Store.
Tweets: @jason_pontin and @stevesiThanks:@srikardr
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
What Piracy?  Removing DRM Boosts Music Sales by 10 Percent  —  For more than a decade the music industry has been struggling with online piracy.  —  To prevent music from spreading like wildfire all the major labels have experimented extensively by adding DRM to digital music files.
More: Gizmodo and Boing BoingTweets: @schestowitz and @glynmoody
Jaclyn Trop / New York Times:
Secret Weapon in Mall Battle: Parking Apps  —  Phoebe Scott of Orange County, Calif., has a new routine before heading to the mall.  —  She checks the parking lots on her ParkMe smartphone app “so that I can see what I'm up against, or if I need to change my plans.”  If a lot is below 90 percent full, the trip is on.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Sold To Telefonica For $207M In 2009, Now-Neglected VoIP Provider Jajah Is Shutting Down  —  Chalk up another casualty in the consolidation of Internet voice services.  Nearly four years to the day after getting acquired by Telefonica for $207 million, VoIP provider Jajah has announced …

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