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December 7, 2013, 3:20 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Why is Microsoft scared of Chromebooks?  —  Something has Redmond spooked  —  “It's pretty much a brick,” says Pawn Stars' Rick Harrison as he rejects a Samsung Chromebook brought in by an actor playing a customer.  Microsoft really doesn't want you buying this thing.  —  But why?
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Too many startups are now building poorly differentiated messaging apps  —  Overrun With Messaging Apps  —  Because I'll install almost any app on my iPhone just to take a look, I've got a jam-packed folder called “messaging apps” that's now five pages deep.
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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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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.
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.

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