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November 16, 2013, 12:15 AM

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Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Exclusive Interview: Steve Ballmer on His Retirement as Microsoft CEO … REDMOND, Wash.— Steve Ballmer paced his corner office on a foggy January morning here, listening through loudspeakers to his directors' voices on a call that would set in motion the end of his 13-year reign as Microsoft Corp.'s chief executive.
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Anonymous hacker Jeremy Hammond sentenced to 10 years for Stratfor leak  —  Hammond calls his sentencing a ‘vengeful, spiteful act’ by US authorities eager to put a chill on political hacking  —  Jeremy Hammond, the Anonymous hacktivist who released millions of emails relating …
Evelyn M. Rusli / Digits:
In Rejecting Facebook, Snapchat Still Extracts Value  —  Snapchat's CEO Evan Spiegel could have sold his two-year-old startup to Facebook for about $3 billion.  But he said no.  —  When the Journal reported his rebuff on Wednesday, some in Silicon Valley and beyond thought Spiegel was crazy.
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Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Could Google or Tencent Beat Facebook to Buying Snapchat?  —  Right now, Snapchat is having its “belle of the ball” moment.  —  The mobile messaging service — which lets users exchange photos and video that disappear after a few seconds — is being courted by Facebook.
Reuters:
Exclusive: FBI warns of U.S. government breaches by Anonymous hackers  —  (Reuters) - Activist hackers linked to the collective known as Anonymous have secretly accessed U.S. government computers in multiple agencies and stolen sensitive information in a campaign that began almost a year ago, the FBI warned this week.
More: Ars Technica and The VergeTweets: @boingboing
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Google Play Music finally hits iOS with a free month of All Access and programmable radio in 21 countries  —  After much anticipation, Google finally released its native Google Play Music app for iOS today.  The All Access and Radio service was originally announced at Google IO in May with the promise …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Tablet dollars: Android passed Apple for first time in Q3  —  Apple's iPad now trails Android in both units shipped AND revenues, says Morgan Stanley.  —  FORTUNE — Apple (AAPL) investors have long taken comfort in the fact that even if its share of tablet shipments fell behind Android's …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Some Retina iPad Minis Showing Image Retention Issues  —  Some Retina iPad minis are demonstrating image retention issues, as noted by Instapaper creator Marco Arment, who originally developed a grid test to detect the problem in Retina MacBook Pros.  —  Image retention was first cited …
Kashmir Hill / Forbes:
Bitcoin Companies and Entrepreneurs Can't Get Bank Accounts  —  In the first week of July, Jay Shore got bad news.  U.S. Bank and Chase informed him they were closing the accounts for his company, Coinabul, a San Diego-based precious metals buyer that sells silver and gold for Bitcoin.

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