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December 19, 2013, 5:15 PM

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U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
SEC Charges Microsoft Senior Manager and Friend With Insider Trading in Advance of Company News  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a senior portfolio manager at Microsoft Corporation and his friend and business partner with insider trading ahead of company announcements.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Reuters:
Exclusive: Dish eyes 2014 bid for T-Mobile - sources  —  (Reuters) - Dish (DISH.O) is considering making a bid for T-Mobile (TMUS.N) next year, according to people close to the matter, in what would be the satellite TV provider's second attempt in as many years at acquiring a major wireless operator …
Donna Tam / CNET:
DA to Apple: Make iPhone's Activation Lock the rule  —  San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón released survey results Wednesday that he says makes an argument for Apple to enable its Activation Lock security feature on every phone.  —  When enabled, Activation Lock …
iFixit:
Steam Machine Teardown  —  If last month's round of next-gen console launches left you in a fog, prepare yourself for the incoming Steam Machine.  Valve has released only 300 beta kits into the wild, so grab your companion cube and hold tight—we're about to open one up.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Foursquare Raises a $35 Million Round and Adds DFJ's Schuler to the Board  —  Foursquare, the iconic social location service, has raised $35 million in a Series D round, led by DFJ Growth and the Capital Group's Smallcap World Fund.  —  The company confirmed the raise to me and later …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
WhatsApp announces 400M active users, aims to “steer the conversation” away from registered users  —  WhatsApp Does a Passive-Aggressive Stats Release to Call Out Others for Bulls**t Metrics  —  There's a big difference between someone signing up for a service, and someone using it on a regular basis.
Libby Jacobson / Verizon Public Policy:
Verizon to Publish Transparency Report Disclosing Law Enforcement Requests for Customer Information  —  NEW YORK — Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) today announced plans to publish an online report that will provide data on the number of law enforcement requests for customer information …
eMarketer:
Mobile Growth Pushes Facebook to Become No. 2 US Digital Ad Seller  —  Mobile now accounts for more than 22% of all US digital ad spending, compared with less than 3% in 2010  —  US mobile ad spending is expected to near $9.6 billion in 2013 and account for a whopping 22.5% of all digital ad investments …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Calxeda, Chipmaker That Sought to Bring ARM Chips to Servers, Has Shut Down  —  Depending on whom you ask, the coming year is supposed to be the one during which server chips based on the ARM architecture that is now so popular in smartphones and tablets start appearing in servers.
More: The Register, Forbes and ZDNetTweets: @qthrul
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Prismatic wants to build a social network around all of your interests, which is actually a lot harder than it sounds  —  There are social networks all around us these days, from Facebook and Twitter to more targeted networks like Instagram and Path — and new ones seem to be launching every week.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Target confirms breach: 40 million accounts affected  —  Summary: Customer name, credit or debit card number, and the card's expiration date and CVV (the three-digit security code) were breached, the retailer said.  —  Target on Thursday confirmed that its payment card data was compromised …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg Sell Shares, Facebook Stock Price Drops  —  After a nice run on the Nasdaq, Facebook and its CEO are selling a big block of shares.  Wall Street's reaction: We're selling, too.  —  Facebook says it is planning a secondary sale of 70 million shares …
Derrick Harris / Gigaom:
IBM acquires Aspera and its tech for moving massive files to the cloud  —  IBM on Thursday announced plans to acquire Aspera, a startup whose protocol technology is used to transfer large files fast over the slow public internet.  The Aspera protocol, called fasp, is used by a large number …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Airbnb Tops 10 Million Guests Since Launch, Now Has 550,000 Properties Worldwide  —  This is what hockey-stick growth looks like: Peer-to-peer lodging marketplace Airbnb announced this morning that it'll top 10 million guest stays since being launched in 2007.
More: VentureBeat and The Next WebThanks:@ngerke
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Hot mod: Cyanogen raises another $23 million to become the next big version of Android  —  The effort to turn CyanogenMod into the next big mobile operating system just got a big new vote of confidence.  The company announced today that it has raised an additional $23 million …
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Facebook Home update to bring new lockscreen and gestures to select Android phones  —  Facebook hasn't forgotten Home, the Android launcher that originally came out this past April and has trickled out to a few select handsets since.  The social network just posted a video showing an upcoming update to Home …
More: Gigaom

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