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December 6, 2013, 8:30 AM

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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:
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 …
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 …
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 …
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. …
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.
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 …
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.
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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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 …
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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