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December 10, 2013, 8:40 PM

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Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Twitter Apps Updated With New Swipeable Design And Photo Support In Direct Messages  —  Today, Twitter has announced an update to its apps that bring a renewed focus on direct messaging.  The app now features a direct link to DMs in the tab bar and allows you to send photos inside direct messages.
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
Why Twitter Just Joined The Backchannel Wars  —  Direct messages to the forefront, big photos in tow.  Twitter knows: The service that controls messaging controls the world.  —  Another day, another new messaging app.  The only difference: This one is already installed on your phone.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Facebook Wants to Be a Newspaper.  Facebook Users Have Their Own Ideas.  —  Most people think of Facebook in a similar way: It's a place to share photos of your kids.  It's a way to keep up with friends and family members.  It's a place to share a funny, viral story or LOLcat picture you've stumbled upon on the Web.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Moves to .AC After Domain Name Seizure  —  A few hours ago Pirate Bay users were shocked to discover that their favorite torrent site was no longer loading.  —  Without warning the nameservers were removed from thepiratebay.sx domain, making it impossible to load the site in places where DNS entries were not cached.
Tim Peterson / AdAge:
Apple's iTunes Radio Hires Sales Exec From Cumulus Media  —  Former Cumulus Media Exec Michael Pallad Started Last Week  —  Apple's iTunes Radio has poached a top radio ad exec as it prepares to offer the service widely to advertisers in 2014.  —  Former Cumulus Media executive VP-sales Michael Pallad …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Chromecast gets Plex, Vevo, RealPlayer, Viki and more with massive app update  —  A few months ago, a developer source told me that Google planned to release apps for its Chromecast streaming stick in waves.  Well, guess what: The first wave is here, and it's a massive one …
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.
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.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
NimbleTV Brings TV Everywhere to New York, Without Permission From the TV Industrial Complex  —  Want to watch the TV you've already paid for, anywhere you want to watch it, whenever you want to watch it?  —  You can't.  * But NimbleTV says it can change that.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
“We cannot trust” Intel and Via's chip-based crypto, FreeBSD developers say  —  Developers of the FreeBSD operating system will no longer allow users to trust processors manufactured by Intel and Via Technologies as the sole source of random numbers needed to generate cryptographic keys …
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Online backup service SugarSync moves to paid-only model  —  SugarSync, which has offered 5GB of free capacity since its founding, today announced it will only offer that as a trial and that all capacity after the trial will have to be paid for.  —  SugarSync, an online service for data back up …
Jonathan Mayer / Web Policy:
Three hops from one phone number may let NSA analyze sizable proportion of US phone records  —  MetaPhone: The NSA Three-Hop  —  Co-authored with Patrick Mutchler.  —  MetaPhone is a crowdsourced study of phone metadata.  If you own an Android smartphone, please consider participating.
Yun-Hee Kim / China Real Time Report:
Google Scraps Plan to Build Hong Kong Data Center  —  Internet giant Google Inc. has scrapped a plan to build its own data center in Hong Kong and will instead expand its facilities in Taiwan and Singapore.  —  “While we see tremendous opportunity and potential in Hong Kong …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
FCC halts AT&T plan to raise Internet prices on Sprint and other rivals  —  The Internet.  It's just a series of tubes.  —  Kendrick Erickson  —  The Federal Communications Commission yesterday halted a plan by AT&T to raise prices for “special access” customers, a potential rate hike …
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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia's “Normandy” phone uses a forked variant of Android, a la Kindle Fire  —  This is Nokia's Android phone  —  Codename Normandy is ‘full steam ahead’  —  Nokia has been building its own Android phone according to multiple sources familiar with the company's plans.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Releases 3rd Generation Of Photosynth, Turns 3D Images Into Video-Like Experiences  —  Microsoft this morning lifted the veil on the next generation of Photosynth, its 3D image technology, with the release of a technical preview of the new Photosynth.

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