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December 21, 2013, 5:55 PM

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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.
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Joseph Menn / Reuters:
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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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 …
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Snapchat for iOS gets a replay option, front camera flash, filters and up to 7 best friends  —  Ephemeral messaging service Snapchat just got an interesting update that adds the ability to replay a message once per day, “flash” your front camera by whiting-out the screen …
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.
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Microsoft appoints Jim DuBois as new CIO  —  Microsoft this afternoon announced Jim DuBois as the company's chief information officer.  —  DuBois had served as the interim CIO for the past six months and replaced Tony Scott, who left after five years with the company to be CIO of VMWare.

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