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December 11, 2013, 1:00 PM

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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.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Why Nokia Is Building an Android Phone and Why Microsoft Might Not Kill It  —  So, is Nokia really working on an Android-based phone, and would Microsoft really go ahead with such a device?  —  The answer to the first one is definitely yes.  And, surprisingly, the answer to the second question may be yes, as well.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
AT&T chief: We can't keep doing big subsidies on phones  —  AT&T's top executive says the era of big subsidies for devices is coming to an end, as wireless operators can no longer afford to fund a constant smartphone upgrade cycle.  —  Speaking at an investor conference in New York City on Tuesday …
The Switch:
NSA uses Google cookies to pinpoint targets for hacking  —  The National Security Agency is secretly piggybacking on the tools that enable Internet advertisers to track consumers, using “cookies” and location data to pinpoint targets for government hacking and to bolster surveillance.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Spotify Goes Freemium On Tablets, Launches Free Shuffle Product On Smartphones  —  For the first time since launching, Spotify now offers free access to the streaming music service from tablets only, on iOS and Android.  Meanwhile, users on smartphones can use Spotify Shuffle …
Mary Jo Foley / Fortune:
Steve Ballmer and Microsoft's top executives reflect on his legacy  —  For Steve Ballmer, a lasting touch on Microsoft  —  As the world prepares for Microsoft to announce a new chief executive, we ask the company's top executives—including the man himself—to take a look at the legacy Steve Ballmer leaves on the technology company.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft considers free versions of Windows Phone and Windows RT to battle Android  —  Redmond wants to counter Mountain View  —  Microsoft is considering making Windows Phone and Windows RT available free of charge to device makers.  Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have revealed …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Sheets Gets Offline Editing, Speed Boost And Filter Views  —  Google today is launching a major update to Sheets, its Google Drive spreadsheet app that's part of Google Drive productivity suite.  With this new version, Sheets joins the rest of Google's productivity apps in letting users create …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Dell unveils education-focused Chromebook 11, arriving in January for under $300  —  As promised, Dell has taken the wraps off its first Chrome OS device, the Chromebook 11.  The 11.6-inch, 2.9-pound laptop is built with the classroom in mind, and it should ship in tandem with a Wyse PocketCloud app …
Bloomberg:
Microsoft's Xbox One Sales Hit 2 Million Amid Race to Catch Sony  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) said sales of the new Xbox One video-game console reached more than 2 million in its first 18 days on the market, as the company vies to keep pace with Sony Corp.'s PlayStation 4 during the holiday season.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Glassdoor: Twitter dethrones Facebook as the best tech company to work for, ending three-year streak  —  Career website Glassdoor today released its sixth annual Employees' Choice Awards, a list of the 50 best places to work for in the coming year.  Twitter was elected the number one tech company …
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Square acquires Evenly to better enable its users to collect payments from friends  —  Square has announced another addition to its growing list of acquisitions.  In a blog post, the mobile payment processing company revealed that it has acquired Evenly, a service designed around helping …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Palantir's Latest Round Valuing It At $9B Swells To $107.8M In New Funding  —  Palantir, the big data company that started off with clients like the FBI and CIA before building up a large private-sector roster of customers, just added more funding to its coffers.
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
“Revenge porn” operator arrested, charged with ID theft  —  Websites that post nude pictures of adults without their permission, commonly known as “revenge porn” sites, have recently drawn public scorn and a few lawsuits.  —  Now, the owner of one revenge porn website is facing prison.
Christina Farr / VentureBeat:
Coursera debuts its iPhone app to bring you online education on the go  —  Andrew Ng, a co-founder of Coursera, at an IBM research event  —  Coursera appears to be racing ahead of its competition in its quest to bring online education to your smartphone.  —  The Mountain View-based online …
Artem Russakovskii / Android Police:
Google Play Books now allows ebook uploads from any Android device  —  Google Play Books Update 3.1.17 Finally Lets You Upload Books Directly From Devices, Open Books Faster And Smoother, And More [APK Download]  —  Google Play Books update 3.1.17 is slowly rolling out …
Variety:
Epic Fail: The Rise and Fall of Demand Media  —  The future of the so-called “content farm” looks bleak as its search-centric biz crumbles  —  Take note, Twitter: Not every tech company has a happy ending after a ballyhooed IPO.  —  Just look at Demand Media, the Santa Monica …
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Glyn Moody / Techdirt:
Norway To Digitize All Norwegian Books, Allowing Domestic IP Addresses To Read All Of Them, Irrespective Of Copyright Status  —  Here's a pretty amazing story from Norway: … Now, in any normal country — where “normal” means one in which copyright has reached the heights of monopolistic insanity …
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