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December 16, 2013, 11:55 PM

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Sara Morrison / The Wire:
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge: NSA phone program likely unconstitutional  —  A federal judge ruled Monday that the National Security Agency program which collects information on nearly all telephone calls made to, from or within the United States is likely unconstitutional.  —  U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon found …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows Phone 8.1 includes notification center and Siri-like personal assistant  —  Microsoft is preparing to ship its Windows Phone 8.1 update with two significant changes: a notification center and a Siri-like personal assistant.  Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have revealed …
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
Obama To Meet Tech Execs Over NSA Spying, Obamacare Website  —  President Barack Obama will meet with many of Silicon Valley's best-known executives Tuesday at the White House to discuss the troubled Healthcare.gov website and controversial surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency, the administration announced.
Garett Sloane / Adweek:
Apple pushes iTunes Radio ad sales, builds real-time bidding exchange for in-app ads  —  Apple Is Building an RTB Platform to Sell In-App Ads  —  Apple leadership has given the iAds team a new mission: always be selling iTunes Radio.  And while the sales team is busy pushing Apple radio inventory …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon Reportedly Buys Mobile Payments Startup Gopago, Working On An ‘Ambitious’ New Project  —  Looks like Amazon may have quietly made another acquisition, and another move to expand its role in the world of mobile: Italian newspapers are reporting that the e-commerce giant has acquired Gopago …
Brian R. Fitzgerald / Digits:
As Walt Mossberg exits, WSJ's new personal tech team includes Geoffrey Fowler and new hires Joanna Stern, Wilson Rothman, and Nathan Olivarez-Giles  —  WSJ Announces Personal Tech Reviewing Team  —  Today we are announcing expanded Wall Street Journal coverage of personal technology …
John Coté / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. rolls out 3 miles of free Wi-Fi along Market Street  —  It's a bit like free citywide Wi-Fi on the installment plan.  —  After announcing a deal in July to bring free Wi-Fi to San Francisco's public parks, the city will officially roll out free wireless connectivity Monday along a main transit spine - Market Street.
Greg Sterling / Marketing Land:
Facebook No. 1 Mobile App Of 2013 But Google Has 5 Of Top 10  —  Nielsen published a range of year-end data today.  Among other things the measurement firm said that 65 percent of American cell phone users now own smartphones.  By comparison comScore says the figure is 62 percent.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Khosla Ventures Replaces Yuri Milner In Y Combinator's YC VC Program  —  Khosla Ventures is joining Y Combinator's YC VC program, which provides $80,000 to each startup that goes through the seed stage accelerator.  According to a Y Combinator blog post, the firm will be taking the place of Yuri Milner …
Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom:
Sprint launches LTE in St. Louis, San Diego; wraps up 2013 with 300 4G cities  —  Sprint on Monday announced a new batch of 70 markets receiving its LTE network.  Sprint filled in a few big holes in its metro coverage map, including San Diego and St. Louis, but mostly these rollouts …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches “Donate” Button For Non-Profits That Also Collects Billing Info For Itself  —  Facebook unveiled a “Donate Now” button today to make it much easier for non-profits to take contributions.  A nice side effect for its business?  The button will collect credit card numbers …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Ho Ho No!  Amazon Apologizes After Customers Lose Access to Christmas Content.  —  If you buy a digital song, book or movie, do you really own that song, book or movie?  —  Or are you just renting a collection of bits, which are never really going to be yours?
Alexis Santos / Engadget:
Google reportedly testing smart thermostats in ‘EnergySense’ program  —  Google called it quits on a smart thermostat two years ago, but it looks like the company couldn't resist circling back to the idea.  According to two of The Information's sources and a document reviewed by the outlet …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Amazon will release original shows in 4K  —  Amazon is planning to make 4K content a little bit easier to come by.  This morning, Amazon Studios announced that it will shoot all of its 2014 series — both comedies and dramas — in the ultra high-resolution format, and that it will at some point …
Will Connors / Wall Street Journal:
Two More Executives Leaving BlackBerry  —  EVP of Global Sales, Official in Charge of M&A Strategy to Depart in Weeks  —  TORONTO—The leadership upheaval at BlackBerry Ltd. continues under interim Chief Executive John Chen, according to people familiar with the matter.

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