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December 30, 2013, 12:20 PM

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Spiegel Online:
NSA Tailored Access Operations unit specializes in “getting the ungettable”, intercepts hardware shipments to plant malware  —  The NSA Uses Powerful Toolbox in Effort to Spy on Global Networks  —  The NSA's TAO hacking unit is considered to be the intelligence agency's top secret weapon.
Spiegel Online:
NSA has 50-page catalog of exploits and backdoors in devices from Cisco, Huawei, Dell, Juniper, Western Digital, Seagate, Maxtor, Samsung, and more  —  Catalog Reveals NSA Has Back Doors for Numerous Devices  —  After years of speculation that electronics can be accessed by intelligence agencies through …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
The NSA's elite hackers can hijack your Wi-Fi from eight miles away  —  Attendees at the Chaos Communications Congress in Berlin this weekend got a surprising rundown of the NSA's surveillance capabilities, courtesy of security researcher Jacob Appelbaum.  Appelbaum, who co-wrote …
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Wall Street Journal:
Google to partner with Audi for Android-based dashboards, will compete with iOS in the Car  —  Google, Apple Forge Auto Ties  —  Consumer Electronics Show to Spotlight In-Car Digital Race … Technology giants Google Inc. and Apple Inc. are about to expand their battle for digital supremacy to a new front: the automobile.
Gopal Sathe / Livemint:
Google exec Steve Grove says Google+ could become the YouTube of live video  —  Steve Grove: Google+ could do for live video, what YouTube did for recorded video  —  With over three years in the Google+ team, and heading its community partner scheme, Steve Grove's role is to make sure …
Min-Jeong Lee / Digits:
LG to Soon Unveil webOS-Powered TV  —  South Korea's LG Electronics Inc. will soon take the veils off a television model that will run on the “webOS” operating system, highlighting its ambition of creating a prominent operating system for so-called smart TVs.
Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
The man behind NYT Magazine's gorgeous covers is headed to Apple  —  You may not know the name Arem Duplessis, but you've no doubt seen his work on the cover of The New York Times Magazine in the past 10 years.  As design director at NYT Mag, he crafted some of the most stunning work …
Paul Krugman:
It's still unclear if Bitcoin can be a reasonably stable store of value  —  Bitcoin Is Evil  —  It's always important, and always hard, to distinguish positive economics — how things work — from normative economics — how things should be.  Indeed, on many of the macro issues I've written …
Fred Wilson / A VC:
A core issue: young women are not embracing tech in key development years as often as men  —  Girls Who Code  —  I feel badly for Paul Graham because he's being made out to be something I am sure he is not.  But the brouhaha that he unleashed about women founders, women coders …

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