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December 14, 2013, 4:00 PM

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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 …
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 …
Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
Yoree Koh / Digits:
Twitter Test Shows ‘Nearby’ Tweets  —  Twitter has an eye on your location — and is testing ways to share it with other nearby users.  —  The short-messaging service appears to be testing a new timeline for its mobile app, called “Nearby.”  It shows recent nearby tweets, whether you follow the tweeter or not.
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.
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.
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 …
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Instagram senders can delete their messages from recipients' phones  —  The Instagram Direct interface, which allows you to share photos directly to a subset of those you follow, rather than to all your followers.  —  The surface read of Instagram's announcement of a messaging-like feature today was a bit underwhelming.
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 …

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