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December 17, 2013, 9:50 AM

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Facebook:
Testing a New Way to Watch Promoted Videos in News Feed  —  Since September, we've been testing a way to make videos more engaging on Facebook, and as a result we've seen views, likes, shares and comments increase more than 10 percent.  —  We're beginning to test a similar video viewing format for advertisers.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Facebook Shows Video Ad, Launches Test This Week  —  Facebook has been working on a plan to sell video ads for more than a year.  Now they are just about here: As the Wall Street Journal reported last night, Facebook is rolling out its first auto-playing video ads this week, for the upcoming movie “Divergent.”
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 …
Peter Rubin / Wired:
Oculus Primed: Meet the Geniuses Who Finally Mastered Virtual Reality  —  In May 2012, a programmer named John Carmack—who, as a cofounder of id Software and the man behind games like Doom and Wolfenstein 3D, is widely seen as the father of 3D gaming—tweeted a picture of what looked like steampunk bifocals made out of a black shoebox.
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Wall Street Journal:
Google, Facebook Push to Control Web's Pipes … Technology giants like Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. are expanding efforts to control more of the world's Internet backbone, raising tensions with telecom companies over who runs the Web.  —  In the past year, these companies that supply …
Tweets: @samschech
Dan Lyons / Inbound Hub:
Qualcomm Insider: Apple 64-Bit Chip ‘Hit Us in the Gut’  —  In public, Apple's rivals in the smartphone market have tried to downplay the technological advances Apple introduced in the iPhone 5s.  But it turns out that one breakthrough — Apple's speedy, 64-bit A7 microprocessor — has set off a panic inside its competitors.
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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Mac Pro Build-to-Order Upgrade Pricing Revealed  —  Late last week, we noted that Apple's business sales staff have been offering customers price quotes for build-to-order configurations of the new Mac Pro, providing the first glimpse at what these machines will cost beyond the $2999/$3999 base configurations shown on Apple's site.
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 …
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 …
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Android botnet stole SMSes from South Korea, emailed them to China  —  An Android botnet found in South Korea that steals text messages may be one of the largest and most advanced mobile malware operations discovered, according to security vendor FireEye.  —  The botnet, which FireEye called …
Joseph Ax / Reuters:
Oregon politician gets six years for Facebook IPO fraud  —  (Reuters) - A former candidate for governor of Oregon was sentenced to six years in prison on Monday for fraudulently convincing investors he had access to shares of Facebook Inc before its highly anticipated initial public offering in 2012.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
NSA surveillance critic Bruce Schneier to leave post at BT  —  Bruce Schneier, at an Open Technology Institute presentation on Capitol Hill last Friday, said the NSA had created vulnerabilities in the Internet that criminals could exploit within the next two to three years.  —  Sean Gallagher
Michael Steeber / 9to5Mac:
Apple airs touching holiday commercial featuring the iPhone 5s and AirPlay  —  As is tradition, Apple is airing a new holiday commercial this evening, this time highlighting the iPhone 5s, its movie making capabilities, and AirPlay with the Apple TV.  The ad is set to the tune of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft: Skype runs on Windows Azure; SkyDrive up next  —  Summary: Microsoft is continuing to move more of its cloud services onto Windows Azure.  The latest in the queue: Skype and SkyDrive.  —  Microsoft is continuing to move more of its biggest cloud services onto its Windows Azure public cloud.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Intellectual Ventures reveals list of 33,000 patents, in move toward (partial) transparency  —  Intellectual Ventures, under increasing pressure to be more transparent about its patent holdings, this morning released a searchable list of more than 33,000 of its patents …
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.

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