December 23, 2013, 4:20 PM

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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.
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.
More: TechdirtTweets: @josephmenn
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 …
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 website has renewed calls for changes in how the government hires and manages private technology companies.
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.
Will Connors / Digits:
With New Outsourcing Deal, BlackBerry Cancels Two Phones  —  A small item from BlackBerry's earnings-related filing Friday got lost in the news of its hardware partnership with Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group-sales of its new phones have been so bad that BlackBerry was forced to cancel the rollout of two not-yet-released phones.
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.
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.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
T-Mobile's GoSmart Hopes to Boost Data Use by Offering Unlimited Free Mobile Access to Facebook  —  Overseas, Facebook has worked with a number of carriers to bring free access to the social network for those who don't otherwise have data plans for their phones.
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
The case against Kim Dotcom, finally revealed  —  Nearly two years after Kim Dotcom's New Zealand mansion was raided by police, US authorities have made their case as to why the man behind Megaupload shouldn't simply go bankrupt like previous copyright violators before have—he should go to jail, they argue.
More: GigaomTweets: @jeffjohnroberts
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