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December 4, 2013, 1:50 AM

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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
YouTube's Music Subscription Service Won't Show Up This Year  —  Waiting for YouTube's subscription music service?  You're going to have to be patient.  —  The video service, which is already the biggest free music service in the world, had planned on launching a paid service this year.
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.
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 …
Amy Gesenhues / Search Engine Land:
New Google Trends Topic Reports Designed To Deliver More Accurate Results  —  Google Trends is rolling out new topic reports designed to deliver more accurate results, as well as offer topic predictions within the reports.  Using Google's example, now when a user searches for “rice” …

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