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November 13, 2013, 8:30 AM

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Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Netflix introduces one unified TV interface to rule them all  —  The streaming video giant turns into a TV channel programmed just for you  —  Watch Netflix instant streaming on your television and you know what content you'll get — but you likely won't know how you'll find it.
Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
Google Is Now Bigger Than Both The Magazine And Newspaper Industries  —  Google has become so big that sometimes it's difficult to understand just how big it is.  It's on course to do $60 billion in revenue this year, almost all of that from advertising.  But how big is that in terms of the media it competes against for ad dollars?
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
PS4 launch prep begins now: Day 1 update, iOS and Android apps are ready to download  —  Just as promised, Sony has delivered the mobile companion apps on iOS and Android for its PlayStation 4 console ahead of launch.  Another thing to know for gamers that have already pre-ordered a system …
Kevin Poulsen / Wired:
In Lavabit Appeal, U.S. Doubles Down on Access to Web Crypto Keys  —  A U.S. email provider can promise its users all the security and privacy it wants; it still has to do whatever it takes to give the government access.  —  That's the gist of the Justice Department's 60-page appellate brief …
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Aliya Sternstein / Defense One:
Pentagon Preparing for the End of the Blackberry Era  —  The Defense Department, owner of 470,000 BlackBerrys, is distancing itself from the struggling vendor while moving ahead with construction of a departmentwide app store and a system for securing all mobile devices, including the latest iPhones …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft axes its controversial employee-ranking system  —  Microsoft is killing off its controversial stack-ranking system today.  While it could be viewed as an internal change that won't affect consumers directly, it will have a broad effect on current and future Microsoft employees that may just shape the future of the company.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
Jolla spurns Google, picks Yandex's alternative Android app store for its smartphones  —  Yandex.Store, an alternative Android app store run by Russian Internet giant Yandex, is going places — as it was announced today that Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Jolla has chosen Yandex.Store …
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Don't expect data on P2P networks to be private, judge rules  —  Defendants claimed that searching for files on their computers violated Fourth Amendment rights  —  There can be no expectation of privacy in data exposed to the Internet over a peer-to-peer file-sharing network …
More: Gizmodo and The Verge
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Hack of MacRumors forums exposes password data for 860,000 users  —  MacRumors user forums have been breached by hackers who may have acquired cryptographically protected passwords belonging to all 860,000 users, one of the top editors of the news website said Tuesday evening.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
SmartThings Raises $12.5 Million From Greylock And Highland To Power The Internet Of Things  —  Internet-of-Things startup SmartThings has spent the last year or so building a platform that people can use to connect to an increasingly wide range of devices in their homes.
Wall Street Journal:
Hulu Wants to Be Offered With Pay-TV Bundles  —  Online Video Outlet Could Be Centralized Location for Full Seasons of Shows … Online video outlet Hulu LLC is in early discussions with several pay-TV providers about potential partnerships, said people familiar with the situation …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Microsoft Will Use Fuel Cells to Create Self-Powered Racks  —  Will these Microsoft racks soon include fuel cells?  The company has outlined a plan to integrate methane-based fuel cells directly into racks.  (Photo: Microsoft Corp.)  —  Microsoft wants to bring power generation inside the rack …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Justin Bieber-Backed “Shots Of Me” Launches Selfie Sharing App  —  Sunsets?  Landscapes?  Latte art?  Look back at your old photos and you'll notice they're boring unless there's a human face in them.  Now think about teens on social media.  Immaturity fuels bullying and drama-filled comment reels.
Tim-o-tato / Droid Life:
CyanogenMod Installer Hits Google Play, Flashing the Custom ROM Now Easier Than Ever  —  At the time CyanogenMod announced that it had officially become Cyanogen Inc., and received $7 million in funding, the team made public the idea to bring a CyanogenMod Installer right to Google Play.
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Updates Surface Firmware, Patches IE Zero-Day Exploit Among 19 Total Flaws  —  We don't cover Patch Tuesday much here at TechCrunch because the majority of you know how to leave Windows Update on and suck down the new software each month direct from the source.

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