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December 10, 2013, 10:25 AM

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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
More: VentureBeat and The InformationTweets: @drbarnard
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.
Joab Jackson / Computerworld:
DARPA makes games of finding software vulnerabilities  —  DARPA creates a set of games that covertly search for software vulnerabilities  —  The U.S. Department of Defense may have found a new way to scan millions of lines of software code for vulnerabilities, by turning the practice …
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.
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 …
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.
Tweets: @hamishmckenzie
Kevin C. Tofel / Gigaom:
Step aside iBeacon, Qualcomm has low-cost Gimbal Proximity Beacons  —  Apple's iBeacon is already tracking where you are in Apple Stores in order to present a more personalized experience.  It's not the only game in town though.  Qualcomm's Gimbal Proxmity Beacons are now available for as low …
Shira Ovide / Digits:
Justice Department Investigating Dell Sales to Syria  —  The U.S. Department of Justice has been investigating possible sales of Dell computers to the Syrian government, the company said in documents released Monday.  —  In the July letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission released Monday …
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
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Dailymotion Buys SublimeVideo Developer Jilion To Build Out Video Producing And Customizing Capabilities  —  With a Yahoo purchase very much off the cards, France's Dailymotion is making an acquisition of its own: it is buying Jilion, the developer behind the SublimeVideo platform for distributing web videos with customized features.
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.
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Fred Wilson On Bitcoin, Unbundling, Data Leakage And Health Care  —  During the 10th edition of the LeWeb conference in Paris today, New York-based investor Fred Wilson explained the “mega trends” that currently influence which companies he invests in.  —  Wilson stressed that he doesn't so much look …
More: CNET and Softpedia News

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