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December 20, 2013, 6:35 AM

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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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) …
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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.
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.
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.
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.”
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
AOL Finalizing Talks To Sell Winamp And Shoutcast, No Shutdown Expected On Dec. 20  —  AOL is finalizing negotiations to sell off Winamp and Shoutcast in a deal that would allow both products to live on, according to a source with knowledge of the discussions.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
500px brings its photo sharing to Windows Phone  —  Windows Phone users wanting to browse 500px photo galleries have so far had to rely on unofficial apps, but they can now go straight to the source thanks to an official app for Microsoft's platform.  As on Android and iOS …
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 …
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 …
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
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
BlackBerry bringing Channels and Voice Chat to BBM for Android and iOS next year  —  Remember how excited you were for BBM to hit Android and iOS and then BlackBerry continued to fake us all out with imminent releases?  Thankfully, that's now all in the past and BBM is a reality for those of us …
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 …

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