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November 17, 2013, 12:45 AM

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Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple Stores to implement iBeacon location technology to improve service, boost sales  —  iOS 7's flashy launch earlier this year with an entirely new design and streaming music functionality overshadowed a breakthrough new feature: iBeacons, a location-based technology with profound implications for industries such as retail.
More: MacRumorsTweets: @markgurman and @markgurman
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
Case of Georgia Tech professor illustrates risks in taking university research commercial  —  Reaching for Silicon Valley  —  Joy Laskar was not what you'd typically think of as a threat to public safety.  —  At the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, where he was a professor …
Tweets: @etzioni and @xamat
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter Ditches Redesign Involving Swipeable Streams, Reverts Alpha & Beta Testers To Old, Four-Button Interface  —  Twitter's tests involving a new mobile interface that would do away with the app's standard four buttons in favor of a “swipeable” menu at the top, have come to a halt.
Scott Sayare / New York Times:
A tuition-free programming school in Paris promotes entrepreneurship and skirts tradition  —  A Computer Academy in France Defies Conventional Wisdom  —  PARIS — In a nation of schools typically christened with sensible acronyms or the names of dead Frenchmen, 42 seems an odd title for an institution of higher learning.
More: SlashGearTweets: @elanazak
Tim Peterson / AdAge:
Pandora pitches advertisers user segments based on registration data in move from cookies  —  Pandora Looks Past the Tracking Cookie By Mining User Data  —  Internet Radio Company Creating Segments Like Hispanic, Affluent Listeners  —  Pandora wants advertisers to know: No cookies, no problem.
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.
More: Business InsiderTweets: @evelynrusli
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.
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.

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