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November 3, 2013, 3:20 AM

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Scott Shane / New York Times:
No Morsel Too Minuscule for All-Consuming N.S.A.  —  The N.S.A.'s Evolution: The National Security Agency was founded in 1952, and its surveillance capabilities were limited by legislation in 1978.  But with the attacks of September 2001 came a new sense of urgency.
Julian Borger / Guardian:
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Netflix starts testing 4K videos, wants to launch Ultra HD next year  —  Netflix quietly added a handful of 4K HD videos to its catalog this week to prepare itself for a wider launch of ultra high-definition video content in the coming months.  So far, the titles added to the catalog …
Aileen Lee / TechCrunch:
Welcome To The Unicorn Club: Learning From Billion-Dollar Startups  —  Editor's note: Aileen Lee is founder of Cowboy Ventures, a seed-stage fund that backs entrepreneurs reinventing work and personal life through software.  Previously, she joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 1999 …
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
iPad Air Delivers 24 Hours of Battery Life as LTE Hotspot  —  A year ago during my review of the LTE iPad 3 I decided to find out how long the iPad would last as a personal hotspot.  With the display off and a single notebook tethered wirelessly to the iPad downloading at a constant 50KB/s …
David Grossman / The Verge:
YouTube Live: a disastrous spectacle Google would like you to forget  —  On the eve of its next attempt, has the company learned from its mistakes?  —  This Sunday, November 3rd, the world will experience the first annual YouTube Music Awards, hosted by Jason Schwartzman and streamed live from New York City.
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
YouTube Music Awards Are Readied for Webcast  —  “Does there really need to be another awards show?”  Spike Jonze recently wondered aloud.  “If there's going to be one, why?”  —  This was a reasonable sentiment that Mr. Jonze, the veteran director of music videos and feature films …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Rockstar lawsuit an escalation of a patent war against Google and Android, not the start of it  —  Rockstar, Patent-Holding Firm Partially Owned by Apple and Microsoft, Sues Google and Android Handset Makers  —  Brian Fitzgerald, reporting for the WSJ Digits blog: … In response, Paul Graham:
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Android 4.4 KitKat and Google's quest to take over the world  —  Can a low-end Android phone be any good?  For Mountain View, a billion users are at stake  —  “As we get on our journey to reach the next billion people, we want to do it on the latest version of Android.”  — Sundar Pichai
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Cameron Graham / Technology Advice:
Why Amazon Fights State Sales Tax, But Supports It Nationally  —  Amazon will begin charging sales tax on goods purchased by customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin today, after fighting such regulation for years.  That brings the total number of states which require sales tax …
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