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December 19, 2013, 11:40 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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Shazam for iPhone can now listen for songs and shows in the background  —  Ever rush to identify a song with Shazam with your phone, only to be frustrated as the tune ends before you've even reached into your pocket?  That won't be a concern with the latest update to Shazam's iPhone app.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Google:
After recall, Google releases updated HP Chromebook 11 with newly-designed power adapter  —  Google recalled the power adapters to its popular little HP Chromebook 11 last week after an investigation by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission said that some of the AC adapters were overheating and could be dangerous.
More: Engadget, The Verge and The VAR GuyThanks:@davidj
Lisa Eadicicco / LAPTOP Magazine:
$350 Google Glass Competitor Covers Both Eyes to Augment Your Reality  —  If you think wearing Google Glass makes you look like a futuristic cyborg, than the Atheer One is sure to make you feel like you've just crawled out of a time machine.  Atheer Labs has just announced …
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Yahoo Mail brings back popular tabs feature  —  When Yahoo overhauled its Mail product in October, many people howled at the redesign, and particularly missed a tabs feature that allowed users to multitask while writing and reading e-mails.  —  Related posts  — Nope, Yahoo isn't building a Siri rival — at least one we know of
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Foursquare Raises a $35 Million Round and Adds DFJ's Schuler to 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 in a blog post …
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 Guest Stays Since Launch, Now Has 550,000 Properties Listed 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.
Thanks:@ngerke
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 …

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