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December 4, 2013, 4:20 AM

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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Instagram Business Lead Emily White to Be Named COO of Snapchat  —  Emily White, the Facebook executive in charge of bringing advertising to its Instagram photo-sharing unit, is leaving to become COO of Snapchat.  —  The move is a major talent grab by the ephemeral photo and video mobile service …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Andy Rubin heads up a new robotics effort in Google that includes seven acquisitions to date  —  Google Puts Money on Robots, Using the Man Behind Android  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — In an out-of-the-way Google office, two life-size humanoid robots hang suspended in a corner.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google is building Chrome apps support for Android and iOS, beta release coming as soon as January 2014  —  Google is working on bringing Chrome packaged apps from the desktop to the mobile world.  The company is currently building a toolkit to help developers create Chrome apps for Android and iOS …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Search Blog:
Apple+Topsy: It's Not About Twitter (And Twitter Is Probably Cool With That)  —  I'm going out on a limb, but a fairly stout one: Like Azeem, I think Apple bought Topsy for its search chops.  But Azeem, who I admire greatly, says Topsy could become the search engine “for iOS …
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.
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.
Richard Nieva / CNET:
You are the query: Yahoo's bold quest to reinvent search  —  When Yahoo launched its home page redesign in February — its first such overhaul in the Marissa Mayer era — the company's chief executive sent out a jovial tweet:  —  A new experience launching on Yahoo today with a newsfeed …
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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Obama administration backs patent troll bill, House vote set for this week  —  The White House has been trying to crack down on patent trolls, and today it's come out in support of a House bill that would begin to do just that.  The bill, Representative Bob Goodlatte's (R-VA) Innovation Act …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Twitter IPO Sparks Investor Interest in Social Startups  —  DataSift Inc., a startup that makes information from social sites easier to manipulate, wasn't planning on raising money this year — until Twitter Inc.'s initial public offering prompted a surge of investor interest.
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
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
NORAD and Microsoft team on a touch-friendly Santa Claus web tracker  —  NORAD's Santa Claus tracking has officially entered the tablet era.  The defense agency has teamed up with Microsoft on an updated web-based tracker that's designed for touch-friendly browsers, including Internet Explorer 11.
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 …

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