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December 11, 2013, 10:15 AM

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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.
More: T3 News
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.
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 …
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 …
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:
Michele Sinner / Reuters:
Cisco loses court challenge to Microsoft's takeover of Skype  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft fended off a challenge to its $8.5 billion takeover of messaging service Skype when Europe's second-highest court ruled against claims by rival Cisco that the 2011 deal would harm competition.
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.
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.
Stephen Schenck / Pocketnow:
Android Action Bar overflow changes could mark beginning of the end for hardware menu button  —  When Android started making the move away from hardware buttons, and giving manufacturers the option to present users with fully on-screen virtual buttons, it sounded like we were moving towards …
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 …
More: Forbes and ECPM BLOGTweets: @lyndoman and @carnage4life
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 …
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 …
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
New York Asks Cellphone Carriers to Explain Why They Rejected Antitheft Switch  —  SAN FRANCISCO — New York State's top prosecutor is investigating why American cellphone carriers have yet to embrace antitheft software on Samsung smartphones, raising questions about possible coordination among the biggest carriers.
Stephen Totilo / Kotaku:
YouTube Channels Crippled By Copyright Claims  —  Numerous video game-related YouTube personalities have spent the last day digging through piles of copyright claims suddenly filling their inboxes, claims that they say are messing with their ability to produce and profit from videos they post online.
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Sprint's ‘Spark’ LTE Upgrades Go Live in Chicago  —  Sprint today announced that the company's faster “Spark” LTE upgrades have gone live in Chicago.  Last month Sprint announced they'd be combining the company's 800 MHz, 1.9 GHz and 2.5 GHz LTE spectrum to provide what Sprint promises …

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Royal Caribbean International hits the high seas with Microsoft tech  —  Cruise line equips 40,000 crew members with Windows 8.1 tablets, in part to use Skype, OneDrive and more to keep in closer touch with family members and friends while away from home.
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