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December 14, 2013, 11:55 AM

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John Markoff / New York Times:
Google acquires Boston Dynamics, maker of BigDog, Petman, and other research robots  —  Google Adds to Its Menagerie of Robots  —  SAN FRANCISCO — BigDog, Cheetah, WildCat and Atlas have joined Google's growing robot menagerie.  —  Google confirmed on Friday that it had completed …
Jennifer Golbeck / Slate:
Facebook collects metadata on “self-censorship”, updates you begin typing but don't publish  —  Facebook wants to know why you didn't publish that status update you started writing  —  Facebook wants to know why you didn't publish that status update you started writing.
Michael Steeber / 9to5Mac:
iOS 7.1 likely to unlock Apple's upcoming iOS in the Car feature  —  In July, we reported that Apple was already at work at iOS 7.1 and that it would build in support for the upcoming iOS in the Car feature: … iOS in the Car is a feature that allows customers to attach an iOS device …
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple's iOS nabbed 76% of small & medium business device activations in 2013, study says  —  According to SMB email management company Intermedia, some 190,000 iPhones and iPads were activated on its network in the first ten months of 2013, grossly outpacing No. 2 Samsung's 29,000 activations.
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 …
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
New Google Tips is surprisingly helpful  —  Google has launched Google Tips, a site which uses clickable cards to explain the features and capabilities of Google's biggest products.  The cards explain concepts such as sharing photos with specific people in Google+ circles …
Marc Graser / Variety:
Microsoft to Launch First Original Shows on Xbox in Early 2014  —  At Dealmakers breakfast, Tellem says Xbox isn't Netflix or Amazon but its ‘own animal’  —  Developing original series for Microsoft has taken a little longer than veteran TV executive Nancy Tellem had hoped …
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 …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Valve's SteamOS is ready to download — only Linux vets are encouraged to apply  —  Just as promised, Valve has made its first release of SteamOS available for downloads at the same time it ships out prototype Steam Machines to 300 beta testers.  Based on the Debian 7.1 flavor of Linux …

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