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December 8, 2013, 4:50 AM

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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Verizon Is Acquiring Content Delivery Network EdgeCast For More Than $350 Million  —  Verizon is looking to get deeper into the content delivery business with the acquisition of Los Angeles-based CDN provider EdgeCast Networks, TechCrunch has heard.  Owning EdgeCast, and combining …
Tim Worstall / Forbes:
German Patent Ruling Threatens Microsoft's Windows Phone Earnings From Android  —  In yet another round of the patent fights going on over smart phones we find that Microsoft has just been dealt a blow over the revenues it gains from Android hand sets.  Yes, read that again …
Julie Bort / Business Insider:
The Sad Story Behind Yahoo's Latest Startup Acquisition: Ptch  —  On Wednesday we reported that Yahoo acquired a mobile app called Ptch and will shut it down in a month.  —  Business Insider has since learned from multiple sources that Yahoo paid $6.5 million for Ptch.
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Kevin Roose / New York Magazine:
Mirroring Amazon, Uber could evolve into a platform for transportation and logistical services  —  Uber Might Be More Valuable Than Facebook Someday.  Here's Why  —  One of the odd things about traveling between the Bay Area and New York a lot is the asynchronicity of mass culture between coasts …
Tweets: @mattrosoff
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?
Bloomberg:
Japan's SoftBank moves to undercut Square's lower payment processing fees for small retailers  —  Twitter's Dorsey Vies With SoftBank's Son for Japan Shops: Tech  —  Twitter Inc. co-founder Jack Dorsey sparked a price war over Japanese credit-card transactions with SoftBank Corp. (9984)'s Masayoshi Son.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
White House promises more transparency in second Open Government plan  —  Earlier this week, the Obama administration released its second Open Government National Action Plan, building on an earlier initiative to make government more transparent.  Both documents were published to help meet …

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