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December 18, 2013, 11:05 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.
Alex Hern / Guardian:
Bitcoin plummets as China's largest exchange blocks new deposits  —  The digital cryptocurrency has lost almost 50% of its value overnight after BTC China said it could no longer accept deposits in the Chinese currency following a crackdown on third-party payment firms
Thad Starner / Wired:
Wearables Pioneer: How Wearing Tech on Our Bodies Actually Helps It Get Out of Our Way  —  One of the rallying cries for Google Glass is to make technology that's there when you need it, gone when you don't.  It is intended to help people get on with their lives, without focusing on the technology.
More: Gigaom
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.
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.
David Meyer / Gigaom:
Suspend U.S. cloud data deal, European Parliament's civil liberties committee says  —  Europe should suspend the Safe Harbor agreement with the U.S. that allows American cloud firms to handle the data of EU citizens, the European Parliament's civil liberties committee has said in a set of draft recommendations.
Guardian:
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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
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 …

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