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December 8, 2013, 11:55 PM

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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
NSA morale down after Edward Snowden revelations, former U.S. officials say  —  Morale has taken a hit at the National Security Agency in the wake of controversy over the agency's surveillance activities, according to former officials who say they are dismayed that President Obama has not visited the agency to show his support.
Stephen Gandel / Fortune:
How to bet against the bitcoin megabubble  —  One reason the virtual currency has been soaring could that figuring out how to profit from its fall is tough.  —  FORTUNE — Can you bet on the likely eventual bitcoin crash?  —  You bet.  But it's an expensive trade.
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USA Today:
Local police get metadata dumps from cellular providers, spoof towers using Stingray devices  —  Cellphone data spying: It's not just the NSA  —  Police maintain that cellphone data can help solve crimes, track fugitives or abducted children — or even foil a terror attack.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Test Begins: Do Google Shopping & Other Shopping Search Engines Give You The Best Deals?  —  It sounds pretty damning.  Two recent surveys suggest that Google Shopping isn't leading searchers to the best prices on products.  But the surveys weren't well documented …
Jada F. Smith / New York Times:
Slowly They Modernize: A Federal Agency That Still Uses Floppy Disks  —  WASHINGTON — The technology troubles that plagued the HealthCare.gov website rollout may not have come as a shock to people who work for certain agencies of the government — especially those who still use floppy disks, the cutting-edge technology of the 1980s.
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
How Intel TV failed — pay attention, Google and Apple  —  analysis Intel aspired to revolutionize cable and satellite with Web TV.  Just because it failed doesn't mean Apple, Google, and the rest will too — but they're no closer to a happy ending.  —  Intel was set to revolutionize television.
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 …
More: FOSS Patents and Softpedia NewsTweets: @nileshk
Christopher S. Stewart / Wall Street Journal:
Inside the Effort to Kill a Web Fraud ‘Botnet’  —  Working With Law Enforcement, Team Cuts Off Servers for Zombie Computers  —  For months, investigators at Microsoft Corp. hunkered down in front of their computer monitors, patiently stalking the shadowy figures behind what the company says is a major Web ad-fraud machine.

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