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December 22, 2013, 5:35 PM

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Apple:
China Mobile & Apple Bring iPhone to China Mobile's 4G & 3G Networks on January 17, 2014  —  iPhone 5s & iPhone 5c Available for Pre-Registration Beginning December 25, 2013  —  Apple® and China Mobile today announced they have entered into a multi-year agreement to bring iPhone® to the world's largest mobile network.
New York Times:
iPhone arrives on world's largest carrier as Apple tries to climb from fifth place in China  —  Apple and China Mobile Sign iPhone Deal  —  Just about any way you slice it, 763 million customers is a huge potential pie.  —  On Sunday, Apple and China Mobile announced a deal to bring …
Kwame Opam / The Verge:
Jailbreak for iOS 7 is out, but proceed with caution  —  iOS 7 officially has an untethered jailbreak.  The comprehensive new tool, provided by the Evasi0n team, allows users to jailbreak all iOS devices running versions 7.0 to 7.0.4.  The team also promises that the process can be done in five minutes.
New York Times:
White House Tries to Prevent Judge From Ruling on Surveillance Efforts  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration moved late Friday to prevent a judge in California from ruling on the constitutionality of warrantless surveillance programs authorized during the Bush administration …
Nathaniel Popper / DealBook:
Inside the race for Bitcoin mining capacity, which increased by about 30,000 percent in 2013  —  Into the Bitcoin Mines  —  On the flat lava plain of Reykjanesbaer, Iceland, near the Arctic Circle, you can find the mines of Bitcoin.  —  To get there, you pass through a fortified gate and enter a featureless yellow building.
USA Today:
Ryan Tate / Wired:
News Corp's Storyful Buy Proves Old Media Still Loves Tech  —  Tech history is littered with the wreckage of startups acquired and ruined by old media companies.  To a certain extent, old media realizes the error of its ways, but that doesn't stop it from trying again.
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
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 …

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