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November 17, 2013, 6:15 AM

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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: MacRumors and iClarifiedTweets: @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
Derrick Harris / Gigaom:
How Amazon is building substations, laying fiber and generally doing everything to keep cloud costs down  —  If there's anyone still left wondering how it is that large cloud providers can keep on rolling out new features and lowering their prices even when no one is complaining about them …
More: NYT Bits
PR Newswire:
PlayStation 4 Sales Surpass 1 Million Units In North America In 24 Hours  —  Gamers Immerse Themselves In a New Era of Gaming and Entertainment Only Available on the PS4 system—Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced that the highly anticipated launch of the PlayStation®4 …
Tweets: @amboyes
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.
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
ProPublica:
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.

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