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November 19, 2013, 9:50 AM

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Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Samsung Elec says Gear smartwatch sales hit 800,000 in two months  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co said on Tuesday its Galaxy Gear has become the world's most popular smartwatch with sales reaching 800,000 since its debut two months ago, defying some market concerns the accessory would fail due to a lack of compelling features.
Ashlee Vance / Businessweek:
Dropbox Seeks Another $250 million and $8 billion valuation  —  Dropbox has always had a flair for the dramatic.  Its CEO and co-founder Drew Houston, for example, appeared on a YouTube clip in 2012, belting out “Rocket Man” with a pint in hand at a Swiss bar—just one of several bravura performances.
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Bitcoin surges to all-time high of $900, then drops below $650 in 30 minutes  —  The value of Bitcoin has skyrocketed in the past five days.  Graph via Bitcoincharts.com.  —  It's Bitcoin-madness today.  —  On the same day the U.S. government began discussions about Bitcoin, the value of the digital currency is skyrocketing.
Dr. Raymond M. Soneira / DisplayMate:
Mini tablet display comparison: Kindle Fire HDX 7 and Nexus 7 impress, iPad Mini disappoints  —  Mini Tablet Display Technology Shoot-Out  —  Introduction A new generation of Mini 7 to 8 inch Tablets from three of the major manufacturers has just completed with the belated launch of the Apple iPad mini with Retina Display.
Katie Fehrenbacher / Gigaom:
Special report: Apple's ground-breaking bet on its clean energy infrastructure, with exclusive photos  —  Last week a utility in North Carolina announced something seemingly mundane on the surface, but it was a transcendent moment for those that have been following the clean energy sector.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Meet The ‘Assassination Market’ Creator Who's Crowdfunding Murder With Bitcoins  —  As Bitcoin becomes an increasingly popular form of digital cash, the cryptocurrency is being accepted in exchange for everything from socks to sushi to heroin.  If one anarchist has his way, it'll soon be used to buy murder, too.
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Newegg hurtles toward Texas showdown with famed “patent troll”  —  MARSHALL, TX—Who is Michael Jones, and what did he invent?  —  After five years of legal battles over Jones' patent involving hundreds of lawsuits and tens of millions of dollars in payments, that question still has no clear answer.
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Marissa Mayer / Yahoo:
Yahoo will encrypt all information moving between its data centers by the end of Q1 2014  —  Our Commitment to Protecting Your Information  —  We've worked hard over the years to earn our users' trust and we fight hard to preserve it.  —  As you know, there have been a number of reports …

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