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December 17, 2013, 10:10 PM

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Guardian:
Tech firms push back against White House efforts to divert NSA meeting  —  Dominic Rushe in New York and Paul Lewis in Washington  —  The top leaders from the world's biggest technology companies pressed their case for reform of the National Security Agency's controversial surveillance operations …
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.
Amit Singhal / The Official Google Blog:
2013 in Search: Heroes, tragedies and the Harlem Shake  —  Every day, around the world, we search.  We want to find out more about our heroes, explore far-away destinations, or settle a dinner table dispute between friends.  And sometimes we just search to find out how many calories are in an avocado.
Derrick Harris / Gigaom:
Amazon's streaming data service, Kinesis, is now available  —  Kinesis, the streaming data service that Amazon Web Services announced in November, is now publicly available.  The service is comparable in theory to popular open source technologies such as Apache Storm, only Kinesis brings …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
LG announces Chromebase, a Chrome OS all-in-one computer  —  Google's Chrome OS is typically found in inexpensive Chromebook laptops, and occasionally a Chromebox desktop as well.  At next month's Consumer Electronics Show, however, LG will put it into a desktop computer monitor.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Microsoft Director Says CEO Choice Will Not Be Made Until Early 2014  —  Microsoft director John Thompson, who leads CEO search  —  John Thompson, the Microsoft director who is leading the search for a CEO to replace outgoing leader Steve Ballmer, said today in a blog post that the board will not make its choice until early next year.
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
Uber upholds capitalism, (possibly) learns downside of price gouging  —  Travis Kalanick, chief executive of Uber Technologies: Let the people walk!  (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg / December 16, 2013)  —  The ride-sharing firm Uber takes great pride in hewing rigorously to libertarian, let-the-market-decide business principles.
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
White House chooses former Microsoft Office VP Kurt DelBene to lead HealthCare.gov overhaul  —  White House to tap Microsoft exec to fix Obamacare site  —  The White House is tapping the private sector for its next point man to fix the troubled Obamacare website.
Andy / TorrentFreak:
Torrent Site Uploader Ordered to Pay $652,000 For Sharing One Movie  —  In 2011, popular private BitTorrent tracker Swebits announced it would close down, just a week after one of its users was arrested.  —  The then 25-year-old was a moderator and uploader and between April 2008 …
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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Acquires PeerCDN As It Builds Out Its Content Strategy  —  Content delivery network provider PeerCDN has been acquired by Yahoo, the company has informed TechCrunch, in a deal the terms of which were not disclosed.  The startup revealed its project earlier this year …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Roku 3 finally snags an official YouTube app, support for additional models is on the way  —  The lack of a YouTube app has been a massive hole in the content lineup of Roku's otherwise well-rounded media streamers, but no more.  YouTube just announced that Roku 3 players in the US, Canada …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Continuing Its Public Content Push, Facebook Acquires SportStream  —  Twitter may still be synonymous with real-time, in-the-moment discussion.  But that's hardly stopping Facebook from moving in on the territory.  —  Natch, Facebook announced on Tuesday it had acquired SportStream …
Kevin C. Tofel / Gigaom:
Samsung taps ex-Apple retail designer for possible Galaxy stores  —  Samsung may have something new in store for its battle with Apple: A new take on the retail store itself.  Former Apple Store designer Tim Gudgel is a new Samsung employee according to The Information (subscription required) …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Samsung opens its HomeSync streaming box to HTC, Sony and LG devices  —  Not wanting to be left out of the content syncing race to reshape entertainment in the living room, Samsung has announced that its HomeSync service is being made available to other, non-Samsung Android devices.
Matt Brian / Engadget:
Opera's iPad browser loses navigation buttons, gains lockscreen music controls  —  Since it's launch in September, Opera's iPad-centric browser Coast has struggled to remain as visible as some of its more popular mobile apps.  In an attempt to breathe some life into the app …

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