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December 28, 2013, 8:55 PM

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David Kravets / Wired:
Obama's NSA Phone Spying Reforms Might Make Things Worse  —  President Barack Obama turned heads just days before Christmas when he announced that he is “seriously” considering following the recommendations set forth by an advisory panel, which he appointed, that suggested a major overhaul …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Chromebooks' success punches Microsoft in the gut  —  Amazon, NPD Group trumpet sales of the bare-bones laptops in 2013 to consumers and businesses  —  Chromebooks had a very good year, according to retailer Amazon.com and industry analysts.  —  And that's bad news for Microsoft.
Om Malik / Gigaom:
Nitasha Tiku / Valleywag:
Paul Graham Says Women “Haven't Been Hacking For the Past 10 Years”  —  The Information just proved that it's worth the $400 price of admission.  On display in an interview with Y Combinator cofounder Paul Graham is the clearest picture of Silicon Valley's unacknowledged sexism to ever find its way in print.
RT:
French broadcasting watchdog CSA eager to tax YouTube, Facebook, Dailymotion  —  France's Superior Council of Audiovisual, an independent broadcasting authority, wants to impose taxes on media giants like YouTube, Facebook and Dailymotion to force them to contribute to financing French culture.
Telis Demos / Wall Street Journal:
Ratchet provisions, which promise investors guaranteed returns after IPO, increasingly common  —  Startups Ratchet Up the Risk With Share Promises  —  Some Early Investors Get Guaranteed Return on Money  —  As the battle for financing heats up, some startups are making big promises …
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google received 235 million DMCA takedown requests in 2013, discarded 9%  —  Google Discarded 21,000,000 Takedown Requests in 2013  —  Since last year copyright holders have started to increase the number of DMCA takedown requests they send to Google.  —  In 2011 Google was asked …

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