November 16, 2013, 6:15 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.
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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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 …
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.
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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.
A sampling of the images Sina Weibo censors reveals the political points China's elite fear most  —  How to Get Censored on China's Twitter  —  The word “tank.”  Photos and names of Chinese dissidents.  Images of rubber ducks.  Any mention of Tibetan protests or Bo Xilai, the disgraced senior member of China's Communist Party.
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.
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 …

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