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December 3, 2013, 8:15 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.
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 …
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
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 …
Hans Ku / Ptch Blog:
Dreamworks-incubated video-creation app Ptch acquired by Yahoo, shutting down January 2  —  Ptch Joins Yahoo!  —  We launched Ptch just over a year ago.  Our passion and our mission was to give you the best way to make and share beautiful movies made from the photos and videos on your phone.
Bloomberg:
Nintendo Seen Missing Target as Sony-Microsoft Dwarf Wii U  —  Nintendo Co. (7974)'s prospects for meeting its profit and sales forecasts for this year are diminishing after Sony Corp. (6758) and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) each sold more game consoles in 24 hours than the Wii U maker did in nine months.
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 …

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