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December 3, 2013, 7:10 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Apple acquires Topsy, a company specializing in Twitter search and analytics, for more than $200M  —  Apple Taps Into Twitter, Buying Social Analytics Firm Topsy  —  Apple Inc. has acquired social-media analytics firm Topsy Labs Inc. for more than $200 million, according to people familiar with the matter.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Foreign Policy:
Accused of Cyberspying, Huawei Is ‘Exiting the U.S. Market’  —  The CEO of the world's biggest telecommunications equipment maker, which for years has been labeled by U.S. officials as a proxy for Chinese military and intelligence agencies, says he's giving up on America.
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 …
TechCrunch:
Google's Compute Engine Hits General Availability, Drops Instance Prices 10%, Adds 16-Core Instances & Docker Support  —  Google today announced the general availability of the Google Compute Engine, the cloud computing platform it launched in the summer of 2012.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Says Hackathon Winner Didn't Cheat But Declares Tie, Gives Two Finalists $1M Each  —  Microsoft Rolls Out Student Advantage, Giving Students Free Access To Its Office Suite  —  Salesforce has responded to cries of foul play in its $1 million hackathon by announcing …
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Spotify opens up analytics in effort to prove its worth to doubting musicians  —  Streaming music firm opens Spotify Artists website and claims when it reaches 40m subscribers, even ‘niche indie albums’ will earn $17k a month  —  Streaming music service Spotify is hoping to win …
Derrick Harris / Gigaom:
Netflix is balancing its streaming traffic across Amazon's cloud  —  Netflix is fighting back outages in the Amazon Web Services cloud computing platform with a new architecture that has its streaming-video service running live across multiple regions of the AWS cloud and balancing user traffic between them.
Rob Wile / Business Insider:
Stockholm-based KnCMiner sells $8 million worth of bitcoin mining hardware in 24 hours  —  Bitcoin Developer Sells $8 Million Worth Of Hardware In 24 Hours, As Mining Technology Arms Race Goes Insane  —  Stockholm-based KnCMiner sold $8 million worth of their new $10,000-a-pop bitcoin miners …
Guardian:
Edward Snowden revelations prompt UN investigation into surveillance  —  UN's senior counter-terrorism official says revelations ‘are at the very apex of public interest concerns’  —  The UN's senior counter-terrorism official is to launch an investigation into the surveillance powers …
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Judge: MPAA can't call Hotfile founders “pirates” or “thieves” at trial  —  Action figures that absolutely can't be used in the upcoming MPAA v. Hotfile trial.  —  lamont_cranston / flickr  —  In years past, the Motion Picture Association of America has had success in shutting down peer …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Microsoft launches Student Advantage worldwide, lets teachers who bought Office 365 give it to students for free  —  Microsoft today announced the worldwide launch of a program called Student Advantage.  In short, the move lets teachers offer Office 365 to their students for free.
Amy Gesenhues / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo's Year In Review Includes Top Searches For 2013 & First Ever Posting Of Top Tumblr Trends  —  Yahoo has assembled an impressive list of search trends for 2013, covering 38 different “Top Searched” lists on everything from top searches overall to top searched cookies (yes, the ones you eat).
Parmy Olson / Forbes:
Landmark Princeton Study Sends Bots Across The Web To Track Discrimination  —  Privacy advocates have long argued that the commercialization of our online data is a worrying trend, but it's been hard to argue why since the advertising and marketing firms who track much of what we do, operate in obscurity.
Thanks:@parmy
Danielle Kucera / Bloomberg:
Cyber Monday Sales Increase 19%, Aided by Mobile, IBM Says  —  Cyber Monday online sales increased 19 percent compared with last year, setting the foundation for what's projected to be the biggest online shopping day of 2013.  —  Retailers catering to smartphone and tablet users are especially benefiting …
Sean Buckley / Engadget:
Jon Christian / Wired:
From ‘Preggers’ to ‘Pizzle’: Android's Bizarre List of Banned Words  —  There's no “sex” at the Googleplex.  —  Type or swipe the word on the latest version of Android's Google Keyboard — or for that matter “intercourse,” “coitus,” “screwing” or even “lovemaking” — and the web giant's predictive algorithm will offer no help.

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