November 14, 2013, 9:10 AM

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Snapchat Spurned $3 Billion Acquisition Offer from Facebook  —  Snapchat, a rapidly growing messaging service, recently spurned an all-cash acquisition offer from Facebook for $3 billion or more, according to people briefed on the matter.  —  The offer, and rebuff, came as Snapchat …
Seth Rosenblatt / CNET:
Mozilla: No Firefox phones in US  —  Mozilla's Mitchell Baker stresses Firefox OS's appeal to developing countries — and (pay attention, Apple and Google) the importance of price.  SAN FRANCISCO — If you're a Firefox OS fan and you live in the United States, you're going to have to wait a bit longer to get your Firefox phone.
Avram Piltch / Laptop:
Intel opening temporary showcase stores featuring free movie nights, coffee and events  —  Intel Opening Retail “Experience” Stores Starting November 23rd  —  Intel wants to give you a chance to get up close and personal with its PCs.  At a press event in New York this evening …
More: The Verge, Engadget, Gizmodo, SlashGear and bit-tech.netTweets: @mrganThanks:@geekinchief
The Official Google Blog:
Government requests for user information double over three years  —  In a year in which government surveillance has dominated the headlines, today we're updating our Transparency Report for the eighth time.  Since we began sharing these figures with you in 2010, requests from governments …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Dart, Google's controversial Web language, turns 1.0  —  Dart leader Lars Bak speaking at Google I/O 2013  —  Dart is done.  —  Well, not completely done — anything not actually cancelled at Google is a constant work in progress — but the company on Thursday announced version 1.0 of its controversial Web programming language.
Jeff Barr / Amazon Web Services Blog:
Amazon WorkSpaces - Desktop Computing in the Cloud  —  Once upon a time, enterprises had a straightforward way to give each employee access to a desktop computer.  New employees would join the organization and receive a standard-issue desktop, preconfigured with a common set of tools and applications.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
HP and Google order ‘pause’ in Chromebook 11 sales after reports of chargers overheating  —  The HP Chromebook 11 has been pulled from Best Buy store shelves, and sales halted on Amazon and HP and Google's online stores, following customer complaints of chargers overheating.
David Kravets / Wired:
NSA Transparency Hurts Americans' Privacy, Feds Say With Straight Face  —  Adding limited public accountability to the NSA's vast electronic spying programs would actually harm the privacy of Americans, Obama administration officials told a Senate hearing today.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Go Launcher Developer Raises $20M From Kingsoft, Qihoo360 Ahead Of IPO  —  Go Launcher, an Android app maker out of Beijing that has been around for nearly a decade and has 42 million monthly active users across a portfolio of apps, just picked up $20 million in funding from Chinese antivirus software giant Qihoo360 and Kingsoft.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
MapQuest Updates Its iPhone App With Improved Cartography And Routing To Take On Google And Apple Maps  —  On the iPhone, Apple Maps and Google Maps app have gotten all the headlines over the last several years, but MapQuest is still hanging in there, despite a lack of real innovation over the years.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Hits 200M Users, Unveils New “For Business” Client Combining Work And Personal Files  —  CEO Drew Houston today announced that Dropbox has hit 200 million users, up from 175 million in July.  He later revealed the new Dropbox For Business client securely houses both a user's personal …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
New FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Talks Competition Net Neutrality and More  —  When Tom Wheeler was named in May to lead the Federal Communications Commission, some consumer groups fretted that the former cable- and wireless-industry lobbyist would favor industry over individuals.
Caleb Garling / The Technology Chronicles:
Value of a bitcoin doubles, breaks $400 over last two weeks  —  Don't look now, but everyone's favorite crypto-currency is creeping back up the charts again.  Over the past two weeks the value of a bitcoin has skyrocketed from just over $200 to just shy of $450.  —  And it's not entirely clear why.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
MeeGo Startup Jolla's First Phone To Go On Sale In Finland On November 27  —  MeeGo startup Jolla has just announced that its first smartphone will go on sale in Finland on November 27th.  It will be sold by Finnish carrier DNA - the first carrier Jolla signed up to its Sailfish OS project, back in November last year.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
IBM buys Fiberlink, eyes BYOD management  —  Summary: The company said Fiberlink's cloud mobile management and security software will be lumped into IBM's MobileFirst suite.  —  IBM on Wednesday acquired Fiberlink Communications in a move to fill out its bring your own device management software.
Michael Cooney / Network World:
US intelligence wants to radically advance facial recognition software  —  National Intelligence agency wants to cull facial IDs from massive amounts of video, images  —  Identifying people from video streams or boatloads of images can be a daunting task for humans and computers.
Klint Finley / Wired:
New Service Rates Your Phone Number Just Like Your Credit History  —  Most web companies want to attract as many users as possible.  But they don't want scammers, spammers, and bots using their web applications.  Companies use everything from email verification to IP address bans …
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