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December 10, 2013, 5:15 AM

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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
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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.
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.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Fred Wilson On Bitcoin, Unbundling, Data Leakage And Health Care  —  Posted 5 seconds ago by Frederic Lardinois (@fredericl)  —  Soundwave Plugs Into YouTube To Let You Track Listening Habits On Freetard Music Service Of Choice  —  During the 10th edition of the LeWeb conference in Paris today …
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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. …

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