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December 22, 2013, 5:55 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
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.
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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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
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 …
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.
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 …

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