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December 10, 2013, 1:05 PM

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Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Windows Threshold may have options to run metro apps in windowed mode, bring back start menu  —  Further Changes Coming in Windows “Threshold”  —  After previous revelations about Windows “Threshold,” a release we might think of as Windows 8.2, some more information has emerged about Microsoft's plans for the future.
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:
Apple launches 2013 “12 Days of Gifts” app on iTunes, available in U.S. for the first time  —  Apple has just launched its annual 12 Days of Gifts campaign for 2013.  In previous years, this campaign was available only in a few select countries, but not in the United States.
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
One standard to sync them all: AllSeen Alliance forms to accelerate Internet of Things adoption  —  Eighteen months ago, Qualcomm SVP Rob Chandok succinctly explained how the internet of things had failed.  Instead of working together, manufacturers designed their smart televisions and appliances …
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple patents tech for making curved touch surfaces, displays  —  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday awarded Apple a patent that describes a method for forming curved touch sensors with high structural rigidity, suggesting the company is experimenting with curved iOS device displays.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
How Does Apple Really Feel About Bitcoin?  —  Over the past couple of months, there have been a few Bitcoin app rejections by Apple that have made some waves.  First, the venture-backed startup Coinbase had its app removed entirely from the App Store.  Today, a blog post from peer …
Ben Thompson / stratechery:
Promotion in the App Store  —  Two interesting articles last week, better together.  —  First came TheInformation's1 maiden piece about How Apple Gives Some Apps an Edge (subscription required): … The next day came news that Cut the Rope 2 was launching in two weeks, and that it would be exclusive to iOS.
Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
Yahoo acquires QuikIO, yet another startup to add to its video team  —  Early this morning, the creators of a little known but excellent cross-platform video streaming app called QuikIO sent a farewell note to its users.  After December 31, the “FedEx of media files” would be shut down, the email said.
More: WebProNewsTweets: @hamishmckenzie
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 …
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
CBC News:
Snowden document shows Canada set up spy posts for NSA  —  CSEC conducted espionage activities for U.S. in 20 countries, according to top-secret briefing note  —  A top secret document retrieved by American whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals Canada has set up covert spying posts around …
More: Daily Dot
Ryan Tate / Wired:
How Foursquare used its massive check-in database to make passive notifications work  —  The Brilliant Hack That Brought Foursquare Back From the Dead  —  Dennis Crowley thought his 13-year dream might never come true.  —  Crowley is the founder of Foursquare, the seminal social networking service …
More: Business InsiderTweets: @monkbent and @anoopr
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Google now lets you create your own Street View maps 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 …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Pandora for iOS gets an alarm clock for waking up to your favorite station and new design for iOS 7  —  Pandora today updated its iOS app with a new alarm clock feature and a design just for iOS 7.  You can download the new version now directly from Apple's App Store.
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
Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
Samsung has shipped 10 million Galaxy Note 3 devices since its launch 2 months ago  —  Samsung announced today that the Galaxy Note 3, its latest large-screen so-called ‘phablet’ device that follows on from the successful Note and Note II, has just surpassed 10 million units in shipments since …

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