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December 23, 2013, 1:00 PM

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The RSA Blog:
RSA categorically denies it entered into secret agreement with NSA to weaken its security  —  RSA RESPONSE TO MEDIA CLAIMS REGARDING NSA RELATIONSHIP  —  Recent press coverage has asserted that RSA entered into a “secret contract” with the NSA to incorporate a known flawed random number generator into its BSAFE encryption libraries.
David Meyer / Gigaom:
Security firm denies knowingly including NSA backdoor — but not taking NSA cash  —  The security outfit RSA, these days a division of EMC, has denied deliberately incorporating a known backdoor into some of its popular encryption libraries through a secret contract with the NSA.
Tweets: @josephmenn
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 …
New York Times:
In Tech Buying, U.S. Still Stuck in Last Century  —  WASHINGTON — Four years after President Obama vowed to “dramatically reform the way we do business on contracts,” the spectacular failure of the HealthCare.gov website has renewed calls for changes in how the government hires and manages private technology companies.
Kwame Opam / The Verge:
evasi0n iOS 7 jailbreak includes unofficial Cydia build, piracy-laden Taig app store in China  —  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.
Miguel Helft / Fortune:
A behind the scenes look at Google Ventures  —  Where Google Ventures is pinning its hopes  —  The search for a better way to fight cancer is unfolding quietly against the floor-to-ceiling window of a conference room in a San Francisco office building where three young men are scrutinizing a jumble of Post-it Notes.
Graham Morrison / TechRadar:
Interview with Chris DiBona, the Director of Open Source at Google  —  How open source changed Google - and how Google changed open source  —  INTERVIEW We chat to Google's head of open source software … Google has just celebrated its 15th birthday, and much of its success is thanks to Linux and open source software.
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.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple likely acquired mapping firm BroadMap, 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.
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