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November 15, 2013, 8:45 AM

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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony launches PlayStation 4, fans go nuts  —  Sony launched its PlayStation 4 tonight across North America tonight at thousands of midnight store openings.  —  The company's next-gen console is now on sale for $400 at retailers around the country (it comes out Nov. 29 in Europe).
iFixit:
PlayStation 4 Teardown  —  A television game console produced by Sony Computer Entertainment, first announced February 20, 2013 and released November 15, 2013.  Step 1 — PlayStation 4 Teardown We'd like to send out a big thank you to our friends at Chipworks for hosting our remote teardown of the newest Sony Play-device, the Play-Doh.
Jungah Lee / Bloomberg:
Samsung Said to Plan Galaxy Phone Using Three-Sided Display  —  Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) plans to release a Galaxy smartphone next year with a three-sided display that wraps around the edges so messages can be read from an angle, two people familiar with the plans said yesterday.
Leander Kahney / Gizmodo:
The Inside Story of How the iPad Got Its Iconic Design  —  While Jony Ive's group was secretly working on the iPad, Steve Jobs was telling the public and press that Apple had no intention of releasing a tablet.  “Tablets appeal to rich guys with plenty of other PCs and de- vices already,” he said publicly.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases iOS 7.0.4 & iOS 6.1.5 with FaceTime bug fix  —  This morning, Apple has released iOS 7.0.4 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.  The update is a bug fix release with improvements.  Apple notes that the update includes a fix for FaceTime calls that could fail for some users.
Ty Williams / Inside BlackBerry:
BBM for Android and iPhone updates now available  —  Originally published on the Inside BlackBerry Help Blog  —  A new update to BBM is rolling out for Android and iPhone users.  In addition to several new features, bug fixes and performance improvements, we are also proud to deliver something you've …
Wall Street Journal:
CIA's Financial Spying Bags Data on Americans  —  Information on International Money Transfers Includes Financial and Personal Data of Americans  —  The Central Intelligence Agency is building a vast database of international money transfers that includes millions of Americans' financial and personal data …
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Homeland Security must disclose cell network ‘kill switch’ protocols, court says  —  Summary: The U.S. government's rules governing its ability to shut down cellular and wireless networks to prevent remote bomb detonation must be disclosed, a court has ruled.  —  Zack Whittaker
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
NSA Fallout: Tech Firms Feel a Chill Inside China  —  Big U.S. computer and software companies are reporting a sudden chill in sales to China, and some blame increased government hostility toward the U.S.  —  In the latest sign, computer-networking-gear maker Cisco Systems Inc. said Wednesday …
Loek Essers / Computerworld:
Europe allows in-flight 3G and 4G broadband  —  Passengers will get mobile Internet access, but they'll have to pay roaming charges  —  The European Commission gave airlines permission to offer their passengers Internet access via 3G and 4G connections so they can send emails and surf the Web while in flight.
Pew Research Center's Journalism Project:
News Use across Social Media Platforms  —  How do different social networking websites stack up when it comes to news?  How many people engage with news across multiple social sites?  And what are their news consumption habits on traditional platforms?  As part of an ongoing examination …
CNET:
Pricey, mighty Retina Mini is best small tablet yet  —  $399.00  —  The good: The iPad Mini with Retina Display adds an excellent high-resolution display that rivals the iPad Air's, a far faster A7 processor, and tops it off with improved Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity, with battery life that's as good or better than in last year's Mini.
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Nick Statt / CNET:
Inside Coin's techie vision for the all-in-one credit card  —  In a compact San Francisco office suite equipped with soldering stations and swipe-testing machines, Coin's team of seven has been working furiously to perfect the final prototype of an unlimited credit card.  No, not one that will let you charge with abandon.
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Christina Farr / VentureBeat:
Yuri Milner is betting big on genetics, pouring millions into GenapSys  —  The latest investment from Russian millionaire and entrepreneur Yuri Milner is in a genetics upstart called GenapSys.  —  Like many other technology investors, Milner is hoping to leverage the plummeting cost of sequencing human genes.
Mark Hachman / PC World:
Microsoft Office still isn't available for iPad, but now HopTo fills the void  —  Eventually, Microsoft will bring a touch-optimized version of Office to the iPad.  Until that day arrives, however, there's Apple's iWork—and now HopTo, which offers a reskinned version of Word as lovely and useful as an iPad app should be.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple Store Point Of Sale Systems Go Down Again Today, Outage Continues  —  Some Apple Stores have had their point-of-sale systems go down repeatedly today, TechCrunch has learned.  There was an extensive outage early Thursday morning and there has been an ongoing outage this evening in some stores.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Skype is considering adding automatic removal of typing sounds from calls  —  At a press event in Stockholm, Sweden today, Skype confirmed it is evaluating the addition of a typing suppression feature to its desktop clients that will automatically filter the sound of your fingers hitting the keys.

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