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December 16, 2013, 11:50 AM

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Sara Morrison / The Wire:
‘60 Minutes’: NSA Good, Snowden Bad  —  As if that whole retracted Benghazi report and the Amazon commercial/drone reveal didn't undermine 60 Minutes' credibility enough in the last few weeks, here's another gem: a report on how the NSA has simply been misunderstood by all those Snowden leaks and is a good guy, really.
Simon Sharwood / The Register:
NSA alleges ‘BIOS plot to destroy PCs’  —  Un-named PC maker sought help to defeat un-named nation's PC-bricking plan  —  Senior National Security Agency (NSA) officials have told US news magazine program “60 Minutes” that a foreign nation tried to infect computers with a BIOS-based virus …
David Carr / New York Times:
AOL's Tim Armstrong reluctantly lets go of Patch as shareholder pressures mount  —  AOL Chief's White Whale Finally Slips His Grasp  —  Tim Armstrong, the chief executive of AOL, is finally winding down Patch, a network of local news sites that he helped invent and that AOL bought after he took over.
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 …
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 …
Colin Campbell / Polygon:
Everything you need to know about the YouTube copyright crisis and why you should care  —  At the center of this week's confusing thicket of news and outrage surrounding YouTube video game copyright sweep is a very simple issue.  —  It's about freedom-of expression and the ability of critics …
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
Tech Companies Press for a Better Retail Experience  —  SEATTLE — Looking for a holiday gift?  Come on in.  Relax.  Take a seat in the leather chair.  —  Welcome to today's electronics store, a place that is now a little like entering a playground crossed with a cocktail lounge …
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Joshua Kopstein / New Yorker:
The Mission to Decentralize the Internet  —  In the nineteen-seventies, the Internet was a small, decentralized collective of computers.  The personal-computer revolution that followed built upon that foundation, stoking optimism encapsulated by John Perry Barlow's 1996 manifesto “A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace.”

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