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December 13, 2013, 9:10 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sprint Preparing a Bid for T-Mobile US  —  An Offer Would Test U.S. Regulators's Willingness to Have Just 3 Major Carriers  —  Sprint Corp. is working toward a possible bid for rival T-Mobile US Inc., people familiar with the matter said, setting the stage for a giant telecom merger …
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Google Removes Vital Privacy Feature From Android, Claiming Its Release Was Accidental  —  Yesterday, we published a blog post lauding an extremely important app privacy feature that was added in Android 4.3.  That feature allows users to install apps while preventing the app …
Washington Post:
By cracking cellphone code, NSA has capacity for decoding private conversations  —  The cellphone encryption technology used most widely across the world can be easily defeated by the National Security Agency, an internal document shows, giving the agency the means to decode most of the billions …
Horace Dediu / asymco.com:
How many Americans will be using an iPhone when the US smartphone market saturates?  —  As previously noted, the US smartphone market has followed an almost perfectly logistic growth.  The measured data (via comScore, in green below) follows a predictive logistic function (thin blue whose formula is discussed here).
More: App Advice and Gigaom
Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
NSA review to leave spying programs largely unchanged, reports say  —  A participant in a White House-sponsored review of surveillance activities described as “shameful” an apparent decision to leave most of the National Security Agency's controversial bulk spying intact.
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
Robert McMillan / Wired:
U.S. Government Nastygram Shuts Down One-Man Bitcoin Mint  —  Mike Caldwell spent years turning digital currency into physical coins.  That may sound like a paradox.  But it's true.  He takes bitcoins — the world's most popular digital currency — and then he mints them here in the physical world.
Bloomberg:
Verizon close to buying Intel's Internet-based pay-TV startup OnCue, may announce the deal next week  —  Verizon Said Near Agreement to Buy Intel's Start-Up TV Service  —  Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) is near an agreement to purchase Intel Corp. (INTC)'s Internet-based pay-TV start-up, according to people familiar with the deal.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Appsfire Exits The App Discovery Business To Focus On Mobile Advertising, Native Ads  —  It's tough to compete with the Apple App Store.  Appsfire, which has been in the app discovery business since its founding in 2009, is pulling all its consumer-facing app discovery apps in a week in order …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Leaked Facebook Video Ad Pitch Deck Reveals Plans To Steal TV And YouTube Dollars  —  “Avoid saying anything negative about YouTube - leave the impression of the user experience up to them” Facebook tells its adtech partners in a leaked, confidential deck that teaches them to sell Facebook's video ads.
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Flush with cash, Oculus plans ambitious new VR headset  —  Is virtual reality finally ready for primetime?  —  According to Oculus Rift inventor Palmer Luckey, virtual reality is near and dear to Marc Andreessen's heart.  Twenty years ago — before he created the Mosaic web browser …
More: SlashGear and Polygon
Jack Clark / The Register:
Facebook's monster PHP engine ready to muscle into ARM server chips  —  It's not just Google mulling a shift to Intel's arch rival  —  Facebook has taken further steps in its quest to move to running production workloads on ARM-powered servers.  —  The smoking gun for this dramatic shift …

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