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December 4, 2013, 2:50 PM

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John Markoff / New York Times:
Andy Rubin leads Google's new manufacturing-focused robotics effort that acquired seven companies in the last six months  —  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.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Next USB plug will finally be reversible  —  Work has begun on a new generation of USB that will break compatibility with existing connectors in order to improve ease of use and allow for thinner devices.  The new connector, called Type-C, is an addition to the existing USB 3.1 specification …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
iBeacons Used To Deliver Location-Based Access To iOS Newsstand Publications  —  iBeacon, Apple's hyperlocal trigger tech in iOS 7, is an innovation that holds a lot of promise, and that will probably continue to make waves in the retail industry for a long time to come.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Beats Music Streaming Service Launches January 2014, Fires Up Username Reservations  —  The new Beats Music streaming music service will launch January 2014, according to CEO Ian Rogers.  The service also launched a ‘name claiming’ site today that lets you snag a primo username early.
Violet Blue / ZDNet:
Two million stolen Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, ADP passwords found on Pony Botnet server  —  Summary: Trustwave's SpiderLabs found a Pony Botnet Controller server holding over two million passwords and account credentials for ADP payroll, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo and more belonging to victims around the world.
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Hands-on with the YotaPhone: the e-ink Android phone that nobody expected  —  There was a moment, back in 2012, when we had some quiet doubts about the YotaPhone.  The first prototype was desirable, useful, and far beyond any kind of gimmick — but it also seemed like it'd be hard to manufacture …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
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 …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Intuit Buys Docstoc for a Price of Up to $50 Million to Round Out Small Business Services  —  Intuit has acquired Docstoc, the electronic document service aimed at the sale and storage of a wide variety of documents for businesses.  —  While the well-known Silicon Valley-based business software company …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
More drone envy: Former Wired editor's 3D Robotics adds $6M for commercial drones  —  The rise of the drones continues this week, as 3D Robotics is announcing today that it has raised $6 million in funding from venture capital firm Mayfield.  The money will help commercialize drones …
Omer Horvitz / Techmeme News:
Techmeme finally posts stories to its Facebook page  —  You may not know this, but Techmeme's had a Facebook page since 2007.  And it has garnered many “likes”, including Mark Zuckerberg's.  (You may have heard of him!)  Unfortunately, and perversely, Techmeme never actually posted anything to this page during all those years.
Daniel P. Howley / LAPTOP Magazine:
LG G Flex Hands-On: First Self-Healing, Flexible Smartphone  —  The future will not be flat.  That's what LG's Dr. Ramchan Woo declared as he unveiled the new LG G Flex during an exclusive press event in California.  The 6-inch handset is one of the first to offer a curved body that contours …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Misfit Wearables Raises $15.2M on Back of Shine, Even as Founder Dismisses Activity Trackers  —  Misfit Wearables, maker of the Shine wearable activity tracker, has raised $15.2 million in Series B funding.  —  The round was led by Li Ka-Shing's Horizon Ventures and included previous backers Founders Fund …
Jessica E. Lessin / The Information:
Former Wall Street Journal reporter launches The Information, a tech news site with a $399 annual subscription  —  Letter From the Editor  —  Technology news needs a reboot.  There are more stories and outlets than ever, but a troubling cycle is playing out:
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
European Commission clears Microsoft's Nokia purchase  —  The European Commission has given Microsoft's planned acquisition of Nokia's mobile device business the green light.  EUapprovesmsnokia In a press release dated December 4, the Commission said it had investigated potential compeition concerns and found none.
Mariella Moon / Engadget:
Any.DO's Cal app vies for your attention on Google Play (video)  —  While a ton of calendar apps already populate Google Play, we bet Any.DO fans will still be happy to hear that Cal has finally made its way to Android-land.  The software retains most of its iOS counterpart's features, including built-in access to Google Maps and Uber.
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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Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple, PrimeSense And Perceptive Computing Or: Why Your Phone Will See In 3D  —  Last month Apple confirmed the acquisition of Israeli motion-sensing company PrimeSense.  Initial thoughts turned towards applications in the Apple TV set-top box, but other reports that Apple was interested in its ‘mapping’ capabilities as well.
Kevin Poulsen / Wired:
This Is the MIT Surveillance Video That Undid Aaron Swartz  —  The door to the network closet pops open and a slender figure enters, a bicycle helmet hanging from one arm.  He sheds his backpack and pulls out a cardboard box containing a small hard drive, then kneels out of frame.
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Valve joins the Linux Foundation ahead of SteamOS launch  —  Gabe Newell speaking at LinuxCon in September.  —  Linux Foundation  —  Following the official unveiling of its Linux-based SteamOS back in September, Valve has announced that it is joining The Linux Foundation …

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