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December 5, 2013, 2:10 PM

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David Pierce / The Verge:
Fixing the Nexus 5: with a new version of Android, Google tackles the camera  —  Android 4.4.1 is coming to help you take better pictures  —  Only a few years ago, Dave Burke remembers, cellphone users were just happy to have a camera at all.  But expectations have changed.
Brad Smith / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to expand encryption, increase software transparency to protect customer data  —  Protecting customer data from government snooping  —  The following post is from Brad Smith, General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google now lets you download a copy of your Gmail and Google Calendar data  —  Google today rolled out a long-requested feature: being able to download a copy of your Gmail and Google Calendar data.  The new feature means you can now back up your emails and calendars, or just export …
Bloomberg:
Ford's Mulally Not Leaving Company, Board Director Says  —  Ford Motor Co. (F) Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally, considered one of the leading candidates to take the top job at Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), is not leaving the automaker until the end of next year, said Edsel Ford II, a company director.
Wall Street Journal:
China Mobile signs deal with Apple, bringing iPhone option to 700 million+ subscribers later this month  —  Apple, China Mobile Sign Deal to Offer iPhone  —  Tie-Up Would Give Apple Access to 700 Million Subscribers … China Mobile Ltd. has signed a long-awaited deal with Apple Inc …
Bloomberg:
China Bans Financial Companies From Bitcoin Transactions  —  China's central bank barred financial institutions from handling Bitcoin transactions, moving to regulate the virtual currency after an 89-fold jump in its value sparked a surge of investor interest in the country.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twitter Names Marjorie Scardino, Ex-CEO Of Pearson, As The First Female Member Of Its Board  —  Twitter has announced the appointment of its first female board member, Marjorie Scardino, the former CEO of media company Pearson.  The appointment is effective immediately.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
AT&T launches ‘Mobile Share Value Plans’ with notable monthly savings for BYOD customers, 18-month Next option  —  AT&T has launched a new initiative called Mobile Share Value Plans that is designed to save customers money on their monthly AT&T mobile phone service bills.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
House of Representatives passes widely supported bill to fight patent trolls  —  A bipartisan bill that cracks down on potentially frivolous suits from “patent trolls” has passed the House of Representatives.  Rep. Bob Goodlatte's (R-VA) Innovation Act passed committee in November and reached …
Reed Albergotti / Digits:
Big Data, Big Bucks: Palantir Valued at $9 Billion  —  Palantir Technologies, the “big data” miner that the counts the CIA and the FBI among its clients, is poised to announce a new round of funding that will value the company at roughly $9 billion, according a person familiar with the matter.
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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Credit card fraud comes of age with advances in point-of-sale botnets  —  Inside the command and control channel of a point-of-sale botnet powered by StarDust.  —  IntelCrawler  —  Underscoring the growing sophistication of Internet crime, researchers have documented one of the first known botnets …
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Google's copyright win against Oracle is in danger on appeal  —  A federal judge ruled that API packages are like bookshelves in a library.  Will that view hold?  —  The most dramatic outcome of the Oracle v. Google trial in spring 2012 wasn't anything the jury said; it was US District …
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Facebook Admits Organic Reach Is Falling Short, Urges Marketers to Buy Ads  —  Brands Urged to Think of Fan Acquisition As Way to Enhance Performance  —  Facebook is being more blunt about the fact that marketers are going to have to pay for reach.  —  If they haven't already …
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Anna Yukhananov / Reuters:
Obama says he's not allowed iPhone for ‘security reasons’  —  (Reuters) - The troubled mobile phone maker BlackBerry still has at least one very loyal customer: U.S. President Barack Obama.  —  At a meeting with youth on Wednesday to promote his landmark healthcare law …
Dara Kerr / CNET:
Apple desktops overtake Dell on shoppers' holiday wish lists  —  Apple has long been the most-desired brand for tablets, smartphones, MP3 players, and streaming media devices on US shoppers' holiday lists.  And, for the first time, the company also got ranked as the top brand for desktops this year …
Caitlin Dewey / WorldViews:
Of the 7,776 languages in use in the offline world, fewer than five percent exist online  —  How the Internet is killing the world's languages  —  Less than five percent of current world languages are in use online, according to a recent study by prominent linguist András Kornai …
Om Malik / Gigaom:
Mobile-first word-processing app, Quip launches on Android  —  Quip, the mobile-first collaboration-oriented word-processing app that launched on iOS devices about four months ago is finally launching for Android on Thursday. … The company, co-founded by former Facebook chief technology officer Bret Taylor …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Layer aims to deliver XMPP-style open-source messaging interoperability for mobile apps  —  You have too many chat apps.  Can Layer connect them?  —  The people behind Jabber and Grand Central want to reinvent how we chat  —  Jeremie Miller almost brought on a golden age of instant messaging.
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