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December 3, 2013, 6:15 PM

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Ben Popper / The Verge:
UPS researching its own delivery drones to compete with Amazon's Prime Air  —  Flying parcel-carriers are the next logical frontier for delivery companies  —  Amazon made headlines Sunday night when it announced it was working on small drones that could someday deliver customers packages in half an hour or less.
Marcus Wohlsen / Wired:
Amazon's warehouses are currently too far from customers to make same-day drone delivery feasible  —  Even if the Feds Let Them Fly, Amazon's Delivery Drones Are Still Nonsense  —  Amazon took over the 24-hour news cycle last night with the unveiling of Prime Air, an aerial drone …
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 …
Washington Post:
Officials estimate a third of people enrolled through HealthCare.gov affected by system errors  —  Health-care enrollment on Web plagued by bugs  —  The enrollment records for a significant portion of the Americans who have chosen health plans through the online federal insurance marketplace …
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Future iPhones may unlock, hide messages based on a user's face  —  Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent that uses facial recognition technology to control a computing device, like an iPhone, iPad or Mac, allowing for a more secure and productive operating environment.  —  Source: USPTO
Kevin C. Tofel / Gigaom:
Motorola apologizes for Moto X Cyber Monday snafus, extends deal  —  Claiming it wasn't ready for the high volume of orders on discounted Moto X handsets on Monday morning, Motorola apologized later that same evening for the hours of customer frustration.  A blog post from Motorola CEO Dennis …
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 …
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Hotfile settles copyright case, agrees to $80 million in damages  —  Six days before movie studios were set to begin a jury trial over alleged copyright violations by the “cyberlocker” site Hotfile, the case has settled.  Hotfile has agreed to pay $80 million and to stop operating …
Kit Chellel / Bloomberg:
Nokia Gets Ruling Blocking Sales of HTC's One Mini Phone in U.K.  —  A London judge said HTC Corp. (2498) couldn't sell its One Mini phone in the U.K. from Dec. 6 after it was found to have infringed patents owned by Nokia Oyj.  (NOK1V)  —  While Judge Richard Arnold also ruled that HTC's …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
PayPal launches a digital gift store, featuring Apple as its sole launch partner  —  A week after adding support for prepaid gift cards, payments giant PayPal has launched its own digital gift store to allow US -based customers to buy gift cards for friends and family using its service.
Agam Shah / PC World:
HP Slate tablets running Android Jellybean hit the market  —  Hewlett-Packard's latest Android tablets with multiple screen sizes are available through the company's website.  —  HP Slate 7 Extreme  —  The tablets run Android 4.2, code-named Jellybean, and are listed at the company's tablet page.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Firehose Provider DataSift Raises $42M Led By Insight Venture Partners For Global and Non-Social Ambitions  —  DataSift, a social data platform that provides brands and enterprises with access to content from the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and dozens of other social networks …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Twitter Considered Buying Topsy, Too — Here's Why It Didn't Happen  —  Apple just spent a bunch of money on social analytics company Topsy.  And while everyone seems to have some good guesses on what Apple wants from Topsy, no one seems to know for sure.  —  But before Apple …
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