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December 13, 2013, 6:35 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 …
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:
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:
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
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. …
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.
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: TechSpot and Gamasutra
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
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.

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Microsoft:
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Intel:
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