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December 6, 2013, 3:00 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 …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Facebook says ranking change is not targeting BuzzFeed and Upworthy in interview with News Feed boss  —  Like This if You Like Pandas!  Facebook Says Publishers Shouldn't Fret About News Feed Changes.  —  In 2011, Google changed the way it ranked websites, in an effort to punish spammers and …
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 …
Brad Molen / Engadget:
LG G Flex review: a promising phone, but not one you should buy right now  —  It's not too often we get to review a product with a completely new form factor, but we relish the opportunity when we do.  This time, we're taking a closer look at the LG G Flex, one of two curved smartphones …
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.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
YC's new replacement for convertible notes avoids hassles around interest and maturity dates  —  Y Combinator Introduces Safe, Its Alternative To Convertible Notes  —  Years ago, Y Combinator helped popularize the convertible note as a way for startups that go through its accelerator to easily raise seed money.
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.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple demands $15 million in legal fees from Samsung, spent over $60M on California case  —  In the U.S. patent reform context, “loser pays"-type fee-shifting is a hot topic (see this Bloomberg article on “Three Issues to Watch as the Senate Targets Patent Trolls”, which contains a quote …
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 …
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
Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal:
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
Kashmir Hill / Forbes:
U.S. Spy Rocket Has Octopus-Themed ‘Nothing Is Beyond Our Reach’ Logo.  Seriously.  —  The Office of National Intelligence was very excited about sending a rocket into space Thursday with a bunch of new satellites and live tweeted its launch.  This would usually be a cute display of social media …

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