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December 31, 2013, 6:10 PM

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iFixit:
Mac Pro Late 2013 Teardown  —  After making its debut during the WWDC 2013 Keynote, the reimagined, reformulated Mac Pro finally arrived at iFixit's doorstep.  Join us as we turn the (very) Late 2013 Mac Pro inside-out.  Step 1 — Mac Pro Late 2013 Teardown The new Mac Pro has been released …
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
The Mac Pro Review (Late 2013)  —  The year was 2004.  I was enrolled in ECE 466 at NCSU, a compiler optimization/scheduling class.  I remember walking into the lecture hall and seeing far too many white MacBooks.  This was the computer engineering department right?
More: MacRumorsTweets: @tapbot_paul
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple Says It Has Never Worked With NSA To Create iPhone Backdoors, Is Unaware Of Alleged DROPOUTJEEP Snooping Program  —  Apple has contacted TechCrunch with a statement about the DROPOUTJEEP NSA program that detailed a system by which the organization claimed it could snoop on iPhone users.
Jay Hathaway / Daily Dot:
Chris Dixon:
Why I'm interested in Bitcoin  —  Some people assume that all Bitcoin advocates are motivated by a libertarian political agenda.  That is certainly not my agenda.  I'm a lifelong Democrat who supported Obama in the last two elections.  I think the Federal Reserve plays an important function …
AllThingsD:
Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher reflect on AllThingsD, tease new company launching January 2  —  You Say Goodbye and We Say Hello  —  This is the last day of the All Things Digital site, which began life in April of 2007 as a year-round extension of the D conference we launched in 2003.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Uploads Surge 50% in a Year, Despite Anti-Piracy Efforts  —  2013 has been an eventful year for The Pirate Bay, to say the least.  —  The site celebrated its tenth anniversary, but with pressure from copyright holders mounting, it had to switch domain names no less than six times.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Vint Cerf, Robert Kahn discuss future of Internet governance in light of Snowden revelations  —  Viewing Where the Internet Goes  —  Will 2014 be the year that the Internet is reined in?  —  When Edward J. Snowden, the disaffected National Security Agency contract employee …
More: TechCrunchThanks:@srikardr
Douglas MacMillan / Digits:
IPO Prospect Coupons.com to Buy Yub for $30 Million  —  On the way toward a possible initial public offering, digital-coupon company Coupons.com has agreed to acquire Yub, according to a person familiar with the agreement.  —  Yub works with retailers to offer loyalty programs to lure shoppers into brick-and-mortar stores.

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Microsoft:
Eye Gaze hackathon team helps Steve Gleason operate his wheelchair — using his eyes  —  The team devises a way to use a Kinect sensor, Microsoft robotics research and eye-tracking technology on Surface Pro 3 to navigate the wheelchair.
HP:
To Handle the Big Data Deluge, HP Plots a Giant Leap Forward  —  In 1965, Gordon E. Moore published the now-famous prediction that computer processors would double in power every two years.
VMware:
Your Grandfather's Backup Tools Weren't Built for Today's Virtual Environments.  —  When the health of your business rides on the availability of your virtual machines and the applications they run …
Zoho:
Win More Deals with Document Analytics In Zoho CRM  —  This is a guest blog post by Adam Metz, the author of Amazon #1 internet-marketing best-seller ‘The Social Customer’, and the VP of Business Development at PandaDoc.
Syncano:
Signs You Invest in a Backend as a Service  —  When you're trying to build applications quickly and efficiently, your team needs to focus on things like growth, innovation, and rapid development.
 

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