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December 28, 2013, 1:00 PM

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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.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
As US fiber buildouts spur competion, benefiting consumers, threats to net neutrality loom  —  How US Internet service might get better—and worse—in 2014  —  2013, like just about every year before it, was the year nearly all of us complained about our Internet service.  —  “It's too slow!” we said.
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.
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Facebook ‘dead and buried to teens’, research finds  —  Comprehensive European research has found that teens are leaving the service in droves - and the biggest deterrent is their parents  —  Teens are being put off Facebook by friend requests from their parents Getty
Telis Demos / Wall Street Journal:
Ratchet provisions, which give investors guaranteed IPO returns, 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 to their early investors …
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Jordan Robertson / Bloomberg:
A New Twist in International Relations: The Corporate Keep-My-Data-Out-of-the-U.S. Clause  —  By now, we've heard from tech companies such as Facebook, Google and Cisco Systems that the National Security Agency's spying poses a threat to their international business and, in Cisco's case, is already hurting it.
More: GigaomTweets: @paulnemitz
Om Malik / Gigaom:
Dear Quartz, maybe it's you that needs new glasses and a map. 2013 was not a lost year for tech  —  If anything, in 2013 it became even more fashionable for some of our fellow scribes and righteous founders to lament the lack of innovation in Silicon Valley.
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 update adds Always-On HDR, Android 4.3, more  —  NVIDIA has updated the Tegra Note 7 to Android 4.3, pushing out a new update this morning which also boosts the DirectStylus pen technology for left-handed tableteers, and adds the much-anticipated AOHDR photography system.
More: NVIDIA and AndroidGuys
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 …
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Google Loses Bid for Wiretap Suit Appeals Court Rehearing  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) lost a bid for a rehearing before a federal appeals court that said the operator of the world's most-used search engine must face claims that its Street View program violated federal wiretap law.
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Atlassian:
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Zoho Blogs:
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Silicon Valley Bank:
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