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December 10, 2013, 12:15 AM

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James Ball / Guardian:
Revealed: spy agencies' covert push to infiltrate virtual world of online games  —  NSA and GCHQ collect gamers' chats and deploy real-life agents into World of Warcraft and Second Life  —  Read the NSA document Exploiting Terrorist Use of Games & Virtual Environments
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
The Biggest Social Network No One Is Talking About: Gamers  —  The NSA is spying on gamers for the same reason it wants to spy on your Facebook account.  It's a clear map of your relationships.  —  The easy reaction to today's revelation in the Guardian that the National Security Agency spied …
More: GuardianTweets: @jbasher
Kyle VanHemert / Wired:
How Apple's Lightning-Plug Guru Reinvented Square's Card Reader  —  Square also developed a new custom read head—the piece that swipes data from the card itself.  The two rectangles here draw from two different data bands hidden in the card's magnetic stripe.  Photo: Josh Valcarcel/WIRED
Joe Eskenazi / The Snitch:
Google Bus: Max Bell Alper Is the Boy Who Cried Gentrification  —  Max Bell Alper has befouled his own well.  He's soiled his own bed.  You can use Google to hunt down other apropos analogies.  Busloads of employees roll out of San Francisco every day to make it so.
Daniel Terdiman / CNET:
Google barge on ‘hiatus’ amid scrutiny from two agencies  —  Whether it's a Google Glass store or a showroom for all things Google X, one thing is clear: No one will be visiting Google Barge anytime soon.  —  The once-mysterious barge, currently sitting idle alongside a pier at Treasure Island …
Tweets: @amir
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Stealth payment startup Clinkle lays off 25% of staff  —  Layoffs at stealth payment startup Clinkle  —  Clinkle still wants to kill Square.  But first it needs to get its own house in order.  —  FORTUNE — Clinkle, a stealthy mobile payment startup that recently raised …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Qualcomm Introduces Its First 64-Bit Chip, Though This One Takes Aim at the Low End  —  Qualcomm is detailing on Monday a new entry-level mobile processor that packs a number of high-end features.  —  The Snapdragon 410 is designed for phones that sell for $150 or less but includes …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's “Threshold” could include three SKUs (modern, traditional, and enterprise) built on common Windows core  —  More on Microsoft's SKU-morphic Windows vision  —  Summary: Microsoft's plans for Windows SKUs is undergoing a transformation.
AppleInsider:
Ousted Apple exec Scott Forstall reportedly advising startups, focusing on philanthropy  —  Not much has been heard of former iOS head Scott Forstall since he was fired from Apple in 2012, but a report published on Monday claims to shed some light on the ousted executive's activities over the past year.
Derrick Harris / Gigaom:
Netflix open sources its data traffic cop, Suro  —  Netflix is open sourcing a tool called Suro that the company uses to direct data from its source to its destination in real time.  More than just serving a key role in the Netflix data pipeline, though, it's also a great example of the impressive …
Lorraine Luk / Digits:
China Mobile to Accept iPhone Orders This Week  —  China Mobile Ltd. plans to take preorders for Apple Inc.'s iPhones from Thursday in Shanghai, according to an advertisement on its website, as the world's largest mobile carrier by subscribers moves closer to launching high-speed fourth-generation mobile services in the country.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Scripps Buys Newsy For $35M To Expand From TV And Newspapers To Digital Video  —  Another exit for a new media startup into the arms of the old media industry: E.W. Scripps, the storied owner of 19 local television stations and daily newspapers in 13 markets across the U.S. …
Pradeep / WMPoweruser:
Microsoft Research Releases Socl App For Windows Phone 8 Devices  —  If you are not aware of Microsoft's own social network called Socl, here is the description from Microsoft.  Socl offers a set of simple, fun “create experiences” that make it even easier to express and share ideas with people worldwide …
Bloomberg:
Twitter Rises Most Since IPO Amid Advertising Product Optimism  —  Twitter Inc. rose the most since its initial public offering after enhancements to its advertising products sparked optimism that the social-networking company will grow into its valuation.  —  Twitter gained 8.4 percent …
More: Reuters and Forbes
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Google now lets you create your own Maps Street View using Photo Sphere or your dSLR camera  —  Google has unveiled a new way to allow anyone to create their own personalized Street View map of their location.  The company states in a blog post that a Street View experience can be created …
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Chinese hackers spied on Europeans before G20 meeting: researcher  —  (Reuters) - Chinese hackers eavesdropped on the computers of five European foreign ministries before last September's G20 Summit, which was dominated by the Syrian crisis, according to research by computer security firm FireEye Inc
More: SlashGear
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Flipboard Raises Another $50 Million To Close Out Its Series C Round  —  Flipboard has confirmed that it raised an additional $50 million, which will close out the Series C round of financing that it brought on in September.  In addition to the new funding, Flipboard is also announcing …

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Microsoft:
FansChoice.tv and Ooyala choose Microsoft to help them deliver content to anyone, on any device  —  On Monday at the 2014 NAB Show exhibition, Microsoft is showing the latest technology innovations for the broadcast media industry.
Atlassian:
5 Steps to launching a thriving Q&A Community  —  Imagine having a self-governing community of engaged employees answering each others' questions, solving problems, and sharing new ideas!
Zoho Blogs:
Intuit lobbies against small businesses  —  With tax day behind us, small businesses across the country can finally move on to enjoying the warmth of spring.  Unfortunately, the tax system has grown increasingly complex and burdensome for small businesses.
Silicon Valley Bank:
Strengthening the U.S. Innovation Economy by Ending Abusive Patent Litigation  —  In Silicon Valley Bank's Innovation Economy Outlook 2014 survey, we asked executives what they see in today's patent system …
 

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