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December 18, 2013, 9:20 AM

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Apple's New Mac Pro Goes On Sale Thursday Online And In Retail Starting At $2,999  —  Apple has just announced that its new Mac Pro computer, featuring that signature ‘Darth Vader’ design, will be available for sale starting tomorrow, Thursday Dec. 19 beginning at $2,999.
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 …
Eric Johnson / AllThingsD:
Distimo Stat Show 2013 Was a Huge Year for Android Gaming  —  For years, Apple has been the presumptive leader in mobile gaming, and it's still in pole position.  But if global trends in 2013 were any indication, its nearest rival, Google Play, is putting the heat on.
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.
Lucy Battersby / Sydney Morning Herald:
Apple forced to adopt new refund policy under Australian consumer law  —  Apple has been lying to consumers about its obligation to replace or repair faulty computers, iPhones, iPads and iPods, but has now promised to retrain staff and reassess claims stretching back two years following action by the competition watchdog.
Serenity Caldwell / Macworld:
Apple adds gifting options to the iBookstore  —  If it's digital books your family and friends love to read, Apple has a gift for them and for you.  After long being the company's sole online store without gifting options, the iBookstore now allows you to send ebooks to your friends and family.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple Requiring All App Submissions To Be Optimized For iOS 7 By Feb 1st  —  Apple is requiring developers to optimize all app submissions for iOS 7 by February 1st, 2014, according to a new posting on its developer portal.  That includes new apps and updates to existing apps.
Glyn Moody / Techdirt:
Copyright Strikes Again: No Online Access To UK Internet Archive  —  Last week we wrote about how Norway had come up with a way to provide online access to all books in Norwegian, including the most recent ones, available to anyone in the country.  Here, by contrast, is how not to do it, courtesy of publishers in the UK:
More: Annoyed LibrarianTweets: @miketaylor
Dara Kerr / CNET:
Meg Whitman's salary bumped from a buck to $1.5 million  —  Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman appears to be getting a big reward for working to make the company more efficient.  —  The company's board has decided to up her salary from a mere $1 to $1.5 million, according to a HP filing …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
TiVo co-founders about to release new TV streaming box called QPlay  —  TiVo co-founders Michael Ramsay and Jim Barton are about to release a new TV companion device that aims to combine video discovery and curation with smart TV functionality.  Dave Zatz recently spotted an FCC filing …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Sailthru Raises $20M Round To Personalize Email Marketing And More  —  Marketing personalization startup Sailthru is announcing that it has raised $20 million in Series C funding.  —  Less than a year has passed since the company raised its $19 million Series B, and founder and CEO Neil Capel …
Tweets: @bgurley
Jamie Hinks / ITProPortal:
Universal laptop charger standard coming in 2014  —  A new universal laptop charger standard that promises to cut down on e-waste has been published in the hope that it firms will choose to adopt it.  —  The International Electrotechnical Commission [IEC] Technical Specification 62700 …
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 …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Klarna Acquires Germany's Sofort For $150M To Build A Formidable European Payment Network  —  Klarna, the Stockholm-based payments company that has raised a whopping $250 million from top-tier investors like Sequoia Capital, is making an acquisition of its own.
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.

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