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December 6, 2013, 5:30 AM

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Bloomberg:
Alan Mulally, considered a candidate for Microsoft CEO, commits to Ford through end of 2014  —  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. …
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.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Ryan Seacrest invests $1 million in Typo iPhone keyboard case, will debut CES 2014  —  Ryan Seacrest Wanted a Keyboard for His iPhone, So He Invested $1 Million in One  —  Well-known entertainment personality and producer Ryan Seacrest said he had invested in a startup, which he also co-founded …
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:
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.
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 …
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Instagram invites press to ‘share a moment’ at NYC event  —  CNET today received a mysterious invite — sent via FedEx, not e-mail — from Instagram for an event it's hosting next week.  —  The package, wrapped with brown paper and a white ribbon, contained a wooden block …
Sruthi Ramakrishnan / Reuters:
Twitter to be available on mobile phones without Internet  —  (Reuters) - Twitter Inc is tying up with a Singapore-based startup to make its 140-character messaging service available to users in emerging markets who have entry-level mobile phones which cannot access the Internet.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Heyday App Is a Journal of Your Life That Writes Itself  —  An iPhone app called Heyday launches today — it compiles a record of its owner's life, based on places visited and photos taken.  —  This is a topic I've been particularly interested in, as it becomes more evident …
More: USA Today, The Next Web, PandoDaily and peHUBTweets: @blader
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 …
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Julie Bort / Business Insider:
Snapchat Is Raising $54.5 Million On A Valuation Of Up To $2 Billion, This Regulatory Filing Says  —  The sleuths at VC Experts, a site that tracks the financial information of private companies, have done it again.  They uncovered a new regulatory filing that shows Snapchat is about to raise …
Michael Mimoso / Threatpost:
Microsoft To Patch TIFF Zero Day; Wait Til Next Year for XP Zero Day Fix  —  Microsoft will, next week, patch a zero-day vulnerability in its GDI+ graphics component being exploited in targeted attacks in the Middle East and Asia.  —  The zero day has sat unpatched since it was made public Nov. 5 …
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 …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
comScore: Apple takes 40.6% share as top US smartphone maker, Samsung hits 25.4%; Android stops losing share  —  In the US, Apple's dominance as the top smartphone OEM appears to have peaked at just above the 40 percent mark.  In the last three months, Samsung gained share faster than its main competitor …
Bing Blog:
Bing Maps Preview Arrives on Windows 8.1  —  A first step in introducing a new way to explore the world, the Bing Maps Preview app hits the Windows Store today.  Built from the ground up for clarity, detail and scale, the app provides a seamless and dynamic way to experience mapping.
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 …

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