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December 23, 2013, 11:40 PM

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Barton Gellman / Washington Post:
Edward Snowden, after months of NSA revelations, says his mission's accomplished  —  MOSCOW — The familiar voice on the hotel room phone did not waste words.  —  “What time does your clock say, exactly?” he asked.  —  He checked the reply against his watch and described a place to meet.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
The National Security Agency's oversharing problem  —  The National Security Operations Center at NSA, photographed in 2012—the nerve center of the NSA's “signals intelligence” monitoring.  —  National Security Agency  —  In the days after the attacks on September 11, 2001 …
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple acquired mapping firm BroadMap's talent, location-infused Evernote competitor Catch  —  Apple has been on a roll this year in terms of acquisitions.  According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the Cupertino firm acquired 15 companies this year, but only ten have been revealed.
Blair Hanley Frank / GeekWire:
Microsoft plans massive new data center in Quincy, Wash., paying $11M for 200 acres  —  Microsoft has reached a deal to buy another 200 acres of land in Quincy, Wash. which it plans to use as a home for a new, massive data center.  The deal, as reported by the Seattle Times and others …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Jack Dorsey Joins Disney's Board Of Directors  —  The Walt Disney Company just announced that Jack Dorsey (co-founder and CEO Square, as well co-founder and chairman at Twitter, as if you didn't know) has joined its board if directors.  —  “Jack Dorsey is a talented entrepreneur …
BBC:
Royal pardon for codebreaker Alan Turing  —  Computer pioneer and codebreaker Alan Turing has been given a posthumous royal pardon.  —  It overturns his 1952 conviction for homosexuality for which he was punished by being chemically castrated.  —  The conviction meant he lost …
Rebecca Grant / VentureBeat:
General Catalyst closes $675M fund to expand presence in Silicon Valley  —  General Catalyst Partners announced the close of its seventh venture capital fund today, pulling in a hefty $675 million to invest in technology startups.  —  Boston-based General Catalyst established an office in Silicon Valley three years ago.
Kwame Opam / The Verge:
HP reportedly may launch cheap, big smartphones by the end of this year  —  Reporting on HP's desire to return to the smartphone market, sources tell The Information that the company plans to release new six- and seven-inch phablets by the end of the year.  The devices will be aimed …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Samsung shows just how awkward life can be in its latest Galaxy Gear ad  —  In Samsung's world, the quickest way to a woman's heart is through your Galaxy Gear smart watch.  —  The tech industry has become well known for its odd, tone-deaf advertisements, and Samsung's latest is no exception.
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Silk Road 2 Still Running After Moderator Arrests  —  The Silk Road 2, a hidden website modeled on the original Silk Road contraband marketplace, is regrouping as the users and single remaining moderator prepare for a Christmas lockdown.  The group faced a setback on Friday when US …

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