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December 20, 2013, 10:55 AM

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Steve Dent / Engadget:
BlackBerry teams up with Foxconn for budget smartphones as sales continue to plunge  —  Blackberry's new interim chief John Chen has got a rude awakening to his new job: it sold only 1.9 million smartphones in Q1 compared to 3.7 million last quarter and lost $4.4 billion.
Fred Vogelstein / The Atlantic Online:
The Day Google Had to ‘Start Over’ on Android  —  Google was building a secret mobile product to fend off chief rival Microsoft.  Then Apple announced the iPhone, and everything changed.  —  In 2005, on Google's sprawling, college-like campus, the most secret and ambitious of many …
Reuters:
EU says Google concessions in antitrust case not acceptable  —  Google's revised proposals to settle an antitrust case are not acceptable, European Union competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia said on Friday.  —  “The latest offer as submitted by Google in October …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple seeds first OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 beta, brings FaceTime Audio to Macs  —  Just days after the first public release of OS X 10.9.1, Apple has seeded the first beta of OS X 10.9.2 to developers.  The update is available in the Mac App Store for registered developers …
Gregory Ferenstein / TechCrunch:
Tim Draper Wants To Split California Into Pieces And Turn Silicon Valley Into Its Own State  —  TechCrunch has learned about noted technology investor Tim Draper's plan to split California into six separate states, including a Northern California slice appropriately named “Silicon Valley.”
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Trouble in Austin: Apple repeats last year's iMac holiday shortage with the Mac Pro  —  The December supply of Mac Pros?  —  The new Mac Pro is an awesome machine for those with several thousand dollars to spend on a computer and a need for all the power that comes with that thermal core …
Walter Frick / HBR:
The Danger of Turning Cynical About Silicon Valley  —  Silicon Valley is losing its luster, at least among elite opinion-makers.  An increasing number of critiques have been mounted in publications as diverse as The New Republic, The Weekly Standard, and Wired (to name only a few) …
Thanks:@wfrick
Beth Kowitt / Fortune:
Warby Parker raises $60 million  —  Exclusive: The fashionable eyeglasses purveyor more than doubles its total investment.  —  FORTUNE — Warby Parker has raised $60 million in its latest round of venture capital funding, led by its biggest investor, Tiger Global Management.
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Researchers crack the world's toughest encryption by listening to the tiny sounds made by your computer's CPU  —  Security researchers have successfully broken one of the most secure encryption algorithms, 4096-bit RSA, by listening - yes, with a microphone — to a computer as it decrypts some encrypted data.
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Verizon plans to issue transparency report, despite silence on NSA co-operation  —  Summary: The phone and cellular giant, which has been forced under a court order, leaked by Edward Snowden, to hand all business records to the NSA, plans to dish out more details on government data requests.
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Libby Jacobson / Verizon Public Policy:
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple hints at future Maps app in ‘layered map’ patent filing  —  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application that takes the company's existing mapping apps and extends them to new levels of interactivity with data-rich layered viewing modes.  —  Source: USPTO
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.
Michael Davidson / Xconomy:
Techstars CEO David Cohen to Raise $150M Fund  —  Techstars co-founder and CEO David Cohen has begun the process of raising a $150 million fund, according to an SEC filing made earlier today.  —  While Cohen is best known as the head of Boulder, CO-based Techstars, he's also an active investor …
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.

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