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December 7, 2013, 5:10 AM

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Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Google could launch ‘Nexus TV’ Android set-top next year, says report  —  Google isn't giving up its living room ambitions.  The company is said to be working on a “Nexus TV” device that will run Android, stream video from services like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube, and play a selection of video games.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Smooth operators: why phone companies don't fight the NSA  —  Will AT&T and Verizon ever push back against NSA surveillance?  Don't bet on it  —  Last week, the New York Times unearthed a troubling twist to the endless stream of bad surveillance news.  Not only is AT&T handing …
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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Yahoo acquires live concert streaming platform Evntlive  —  Redwood City-Calif. based live concert streaming platform Evntlive has been acquired by Yahoo.  Evntlive announced the acquisition on its website Friday, stating that the service will be discontinued, and that the Evntlive team will join Yahoo Video.
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Teardown estimates Moto G components cost $123, leaving a profit margin of less than 5%  —  Google Squeezes Margins on Moto G Phone  —  A ‘Teardown’ of $199 Device Pegs Component Costs at $123  —  Google Inc.'s Motorola Mobility unit is selling its new Moto G smartphone …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google says 91.4% of non-spam emails sent to Gmail users are now authenticated using antiphishing standards  —  Google today declared that after almost a decade of fighting phishing emails, the Internet-wide efforts are finally paying off.  The company revealed that 91.4 percent …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
T-Mobile Taps MetroPCS' Spectrum to Boost LTE Network Speeds  —  T-Mobile has started rolling out higher-speed LTE service by tapping the airwaves it acquired as part of its MetroPCS acquisition.  —  Just before Thanksgiving, T-Mobile quietly turned on the faster service in parts of North Dallas.
Bethany McLean / Vanity Fair:
Is Marissa Mayer Helping Yahoo - or Hurting the Struggling Tech Giant?  —  As one of Google's highest-ranking women, Marissa Mayer became a Silicon Valley superstar, but inside the search giant her dazzle sometimes wore thin, with colleagues rebelling against her imperious style.
Computerworld:
Microsoft ends Windows 7 retail sales  —  Microsoft has quietly ended retail sales of Windows 7, according to a notice on its website.  —  The company's policies for shutting off sales to retailers and shipping licenses to OEMS (original equipment manufacturers) are posted on its site …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Benchmark raises $425 million for new fund  —  Sand Hill Road stalwart closes eighth fund.  —  FORTUNE — Silicon Valley venture capital firm Benchmark has raised $425 million for its eighth fund, according to an SEC filing.  —  This is the same size as Benchmark's prior fund, raised in 2011 …
More: TechCrunch and Gigaom
Akshat Rathi / Ars Technica:
The metals in your smartphone may be irreplaceable  —  Shades of 60 elements that make up a computer chip.  —  intelfreepress  —  A few centuries ago, there were just a few widely used materials: wood, brick, iron, copper, gold, and silver.  Today's material diversity is astounding.
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Supreme Court to review patents on software  —  The Supreme Court announced Friday it will review if business methods implemented through computer software should be eligible for monopolies under patent law.  —  The decision to review software eligibility comes as U.S. courts continue …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Less Than 10% Of Twitter's Revenues Came From Promoted Trends In Q2 2013, SEC Filings Reveal  —  Twitter has been putting a lot of effort into its advertising business, which today is the newly public company's primary strategy for generating revenue.  But it turns out that one of its earliest …
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