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December 2, 2013, 11:55 AM

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David Pierce / The Verge:
Delivery drones are coming: Jeff Bezos previews half-hour shipping from Amazon  —  Jeff Bezos is nothing if not a showman.  Amazon's CEO loves a good reveal, and took the opportunity afforded by a 60 Minutes segment to show off his company's latest creation: drones that can deliver packages …
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 …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Amazon Kindle Fire commercial mocks the iPad Air with a Jony Ive parody  —  Amazon is the latest company to take on Apple's distinctive advertising style in its own commercials, this time by pitting the iPad Air against Amazon's 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX using what seems like a thinly veiled parody …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Apple Gets “Significant Bounce” On 5c, 5s iPhones; Android Still Trumps With 71% Share Of All Sales  —  Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, the WPP market research division that provides a rolling check-in on how smartphones are selling in key markets, has put out its latest figures this morning covering the 12 weeks that ended October 31.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Lack of competition, not technological barriers, prevents ISPs from offering gigabit speeds  —  Why Comcast and other cable ISPs aren't selling you gigabit Internet  —  “Perhaps you should switch to another cable company... oh, that's right, we're the only one in town.”  —  Viacom
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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft codename ‘Threshold’: The next major Windows wave takes shape  —  Summary: Microsoft's wave of spring 2015 updates to its various Windows-based platforms has a codename: Threshold.  —  When I blogged recently about Microsoft's plans on the operating-systems front following Windows 8.1 …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Oppo's swiveling N1 smartphone to be available worldwide on December 10th for $599  —  Oppo promised that its swivel camera-toting N1 smartphone would arrive in December, and it's making good on that promise today by offering international launch details.  An unlocked HSPA+ version …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Acquires Natural Language Processing Company SkyPhrase To Help Drive Intent Identification  —  Yahoo has acquired SkyPhrase, a startup that builds natural language processing technology, the company revealed today in a blog post.  SkyPhrase will join Yahoo's New York office …

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