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December 6, 2013, 1:05 PM

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Barbara Ortutay / Associated Press:
Apple to begin using iBeacons at 254 US stores enabling in-store notifications in updated app  —  Apple guides shoppers inside stores with iBeacon  —  NEW YORK (AP) — GPS will tell you how to get to the nearest Apple store.  With iBeacon, Apple hopes to guide you around once you're inside …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Spotify Will Launch Limited Free Mobile Access At Dec 11th Event, Source Confirms  —  Spotify plans to make mobile access to its music service free, The Wall Street Journal reports.  Now a source confirms with TechCrunch that the free mobile tier will launch December 11th at a press event in New York.
Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal:
Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom:
Verizon quietly unleashes its LTE monster, tripling 4G capacity in major cities  —  We've already logged a few sightings of Verizon's powerful new LTE network in New York and other cities, but in the last few months Verizon has been rapidly working behind the scenes on upgrading its LTE infrastructure across the country.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
To Comply With FDA, 23andMe Won't Give New Customers Genetic Analysis  —  The personal genetics startup 23andMe announced this evening that it will stop giving new customers access to health reports tied to their genes, after being warned by the FDA over compliance issues.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Why Microsoft needs three—or more—operating systems  —  At the moment, Microsoft has a bunch of consumer-facing Windows-derived brands: Windows 8.1 for x86 and x64 PCs, Windows RT for ARM PCs, and Windows Phone for smartphones.  According to research firm Canalys, that's at least one too many …
Nathaniel Popper / DealBook:
In the Murky World of Bitcoin, Fraud Is Quicker Than the Law  —  The call went out on Twitter: “For insane profits come and join the pump.”  —  It was an invitation to a penny stock-style pump-and-dump scheme — only this one involved Bitcoin, the soaring, slightly scary virtual currency …
More: SlashGearTweets: @nathanielpopper
Stephen Lawson / Computerworld:
Moore's Law isn't making chips cheaper anymore  —  Regular cost declines with each new generation of silicon are coming to an end  —  At a wine bar in San Francisco on Wednesday, Broadcom Chairman and CTO Henry Samueli delivered some sobering news: Moore's Law isn't making chips cheaper anymore.
More: Telegraph and TechEye
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
WSJ: Apple e-book judge is ‘a disgrace to the judiciary’  —  News Corp's Wall Street Journal calls for Judge Denise Cote to be taken off the case.  —  FORTUNE — Most of arguments the Wall Street Journal made Friday in a strident editorial calling for the ouster of the judge …
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Supreme Court to review patents on software  —  The Supreme Court says it will return to the thorny issue of when software-related “inventions” are eligible for review under patent law.  —  On Friday, the Supreme Court announced it will review when business methods implemented through computer software …
More: Reuters and SCOTUSblogTweets: @fedcourtjunkie
Chris O'Brien / Los Angeles Times:
New cybersecurity boom arrives in Silicon Valley  —  Venture capital firms are pumping funding into security start-ups, which are getting gobbled up by big companies that see cybersecurity as a source of new revenue.  —  During Hewlett-Packard's most recent earnings report …
More: The SwitchTweets: @marladickerson
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Apple Puts iOS 7 Adoption At 74% Based On App Store Usage Numbers  —  Apple has just updated its developer website for the iOS App Store to show the distribution of devices on different versions of iOS, and iOS 7 now commands a significant league, with 74 percent of devices using …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google's Voice Search On Android And iOS Can Now Answer Questions In German, French And Japanese  —  Google has long had a thing for voice search, but until now, the only language it fully supported was English.  Even though voice search itself is available for a few dozen languages …
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
‘ZeroAccess’ click-fraud botnet disrupted, but not dead yet  —  Microsoft and law enforcement agencies said Thursday that they disrupted a botnet that defrauded online advertisers of US$2.7 million a month but that the malicious network hasn't been completely eliminated.

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