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December 13, 2013, 3:40 PM

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Michael Sippey / Twitter Blog:
Reverting the changes to block functionality  —  Earlier today, we made a change to the way the “block” function of Twitter works.  We have decided to revert the change after receiving feedback from many users - we never want to introduce features at the cost of users feeling less safe.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Bloomberg:
Google considering moving away from Intel with its own, ARM-based server chips  —  Google Said to Mull Designing Chips in Threat to Intel  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) is considering designing its own server processors using technology from ARM Holdings Plc (ARM), a move that could threaten Intel Corp. …
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 …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
iPhones Dominate Sales at All Four Major U.S. Carriers  —  Apple's latest iPhones are topping the charts at U.S. carriers.  —  That's the latest from Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley, who says that the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c have been among the top three sellers …
Alistair Barr / USA Today:
Amazon said to launch Pantry to take on Costco, Sam's  —  Pantry is set to launch in 2014 and will let Amazon Prime members buy consumer packages goods that will be shipping in a set sized box with a maximum weight limit, sources say.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Amazon.com is working …
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: Gigaom and App Advice
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.
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
Presidential Task Force Recommends Overhaul of Surveillance Tactics of NSA  —  Draft Proposals Would Change Spy Agency's Leadership to Civilian, Limit How It Gathers and Holds Information  —  WASHINGTON—A presidential task force has drafted recommendations that constitute a sweeping overhaul …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Qualcomm Will Elevate COO Steve Mollenkopf To CEO Role In March, So Hands Off, Microsoft  —  Qualcomm will replace current CEO Paul Jacobs with current COO Steve Mollenkopf starting on March 4, immediately following the company's annual shareholder meeting.  This announcement comes only seven …
Alex Colon / Gigaom:
Holiday deal: Get $50 off the Nexus 7 at Office Depot  —  This holiday season, it seems that if you try you really hard, you don't have to pay full retail price for almost anything.  This week has brought us good deals on tablets from Amazon and Apple, and now you can get quite a nice price on this year's Nexus 7 as well.
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Celebrities behind startups are good for initial press, but not necessarily for future success  —  Startups, Celebrities, And The Deadpool  —  Entrepreneurs who have had successful exits find it easier to raise capital for their next ventures.  They come with the sort of record the money people want …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Oculus VR raises $75M round led by web browser inventor Marc Andreessen's VC firm to launch virtual-reality goggles  —  Virtual reality goggle maker has raised a massive round of $75 million led by Netscape founder Marc Andreessen's Andreessen Horowitz venture capital firm to create a consumer version of its product.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Pebble smartwatch update brings ‘do not disturb’ mode and snooze alarm  —  The Pebble smartwatch is all about getting mobile notifications more efficiently, but what about when you don't want to see those notifications at all?  The new PebbleOS v1.14 update rolling out can help …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Skype for Android tablets now lets you keep audio and video calls going outside the app  —  Microsoft today updated Skype for Android with support for audio and video calls outside the app for tablet owners as well as general improvements for all users.  You can download the new version now directly from Google Play.

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
Queensland Government partners with Microsoft to bring Office 365 to 149,000 government employees  —  Queensland, the second-largest state in Australia, will partner with Microsoft to bring Office 365 …
Atlassian:
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