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December 22, 2013, 1:00 AM

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Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Almost Human: The Surreal, Cyborg Future of Telemarketing  —  This is a story about how the future gets weird.  —  It's about how humans interact with each other, and machines, and systems that can only properly be called cyborg.  —  Let's start, though, with a man sitting on a couch.
More: Daring FireballTweets: @nd_kane and @zsewardThanks:@alexismadrigal
Eric Calouro / newsBTC:
Overstock.com to Begin Accepting Bitcoin Second Half of 2014  —  In late October, there was a brief mention of retailer Overstock.com in a New York Times piece that noted the online retailer was considering accepting bitcoin, but decided they would put a hold on that objective …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Report: NSA paid RSA to make flawed crypto algorithm the default  —  Security company RSA was paid $10 million to use the flawed Dual_EC_DRBG pseudorandom number generating algorithm as the default algorithm in its BSafe crypto library, according to sources speaking to Reuters.
More: Ethan HeilmanTweets: @digiphile
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Music-Discovery Service ExFM Pulls the Plug  —  After a four-year-run, music startup ExFM is throwing in the towel.  —  The company, which operates a music-discovery website, as well as iPhone and Android apps, says it will shut down its apps, as well as the guts of its site, on Jan. 15.
More: Exfm, hypebot and The Next WebTweets: @caseynewton
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Crowley on Foursquare's plans: scale ad products, useful alerts for users who don't open app  —  Why Do People Keep Giving Foursquare Money?  —  Foursquare just raised a bunch of money, again.  This time it's a Series D round of $35M, back in April of this year it was $41M in debt financing.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Microsoft gifts 20GB of extra SkyDrive storage to Windows Phone users for a year  —  Microsoft is distributing some holiday cheer to Windows Phone owners today with an email inviting them to activate a bonus 20GB of SkyDrive storage.  The bump in cloud storage will be active for a year …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon Bought GoPago's Mobile Payment Tech And Product/Engineering Team, DoubleBeam Bought The POS Business  —  Last week, we wrote about how Amazon had quietly acquired mobile payments startup GoPago.  Today, some more details about the deal: A source close to the situation confirms …
Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review:
Intel Robot Puts Touch Screens through Their Paces  —  A robot able to play touch screen games like Cut the Rope can judge whether humans will find a new device responsive.  —  In a compact lab at Intel's Silicon Valley headquarters, Oculus the robot is playing the hit game Cut the Rope on a smartphone.
USA Today:
Protesters vandalize Google bus, block Apple shuttle  —  Gentrification backlash targeting tech firms escalates in San Francisco and Oakland.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — As tech-driven housing costs and evictions soar, anti-gentrification protesters in San Francisco and Oakland …
David Pierce / The Verge:
Avegant Glyph: the virtual reality headset made for the mainstream  —  Part Google Glass, part Oculus Rift — part Beats by Dre  —  Picture it: you're sitting on the plane or in the doctor's waiting room, listening to music on a large, good-looking set of headphones.
More: Daily Dot

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