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December 16, 2013, 9:30 AM

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Glenn Peoples / Billboard:
The Download Hits Middle Age (and It Shows)  —  The slow but steady rise of on-demand services like Spotify and Rdio coincided with a drop-off in sales for various download fomats.  —  The digital download hit middle age in 2013.  Although retirement may be far in the future …
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Amazon Pushes Installment Plan Payments for Kindle Fire HDX Tablets  —  Amazon seems to be selling a lot of its newest Kindle Fire tablets*.  But it would like to sell many more.  —  So here's Jeff Bezos' newest pitch: Buy a Kindle Fire HDX tablet today, and we'll give you nine months to finish paying for it.
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Google will not answer to British court over UK privacy claim  —  Search giant insists lawsuit concerning UK internet users' privacy should be brought in California where it is based  —  Google has been called “arrogant and immoral” for arguing that a privacy claim brought by internet users …
Adam Fisher / New York Times:
A profile of Google Maps, an integral part of the company's future location-aware products  —  Google's Road Map to Global Domination  —  Fifty-five miles and three days down the Colorado River from the put-in at Lee's Ferry, near the Utah-Arizona border, the two rafts in our little flotilla suddenly encountered a storm.
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Apple Can't Ban “Rate This App” Dialogs  —  There's been a lot of discussion in the last few days about those annoying “Rate This App” dialogs in far too many iOS apps today, initiated by John Gruber, summarized nicely by Chris Gonzales, and followed up with a nice discussion between Gruber and Daniel Jalkut in The Talk Show this week.

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Microsoft:
Eye Gaze hackathon team helps Steve Gleason operate his wheelchair — using his eyes  —  The team devises a way to use a Kinect sensor, Microsoft robotics research and eye-tracking technology on Surface Pro 3 to navigate the wheelchair.
HP:
To Handle the Big Data Deluge, HP Plots a Giant Leap Forward  —  In 1965, Gordon E. Moore published the now-famous prediction that computer processors would double in power every two years.
VMware:
Your Grandfather's Backup Tools Weren't Built for Today's Virtual Environments.  —  When the health of your business rides on the availability of your virtual machines and the applications they run …
Zoho:
Win More Deals with Document Analytics In Zoho CRM  —  This is a guest blog post by Adam Metz, the author of Amazon #1 internet-marketing best-seller ‘The Social Customer’, and the VP of Business Development at PandaDoc.
Syncano:
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