November 19, 2013, 10:45 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
The Great Snapchat Mirage  —  We don't know a single useful number about the hottest company in tech .  Why Snapchat may be much smaller than it sounds.  —  Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images  —  Every few months, since late 2012, Snapchat has released a new number to the public.
Lance Whitney / CNET:
Snapchat says it's delivering over 400M snaps daily while Facebook sees 350M photo uploads daily  —  Snapchat surpasses Facebook in photo uploads  —  Snapchat users are snapping past their Facebook counterparts when it comes to uploading photos.  —  A Snapchat represenative told CNET …
Brian X. Chen / NYT Bits:
Carriers Reject a ‘Kill Switch’ For Preventing Cellphone Theft  —  Lawmakers in San Francisco and New York are pushing cellphone makers to adopt a so-called kill switch that would allow users to deactivate their phone remotely, discouraging criminals from stealing phones.  But the cellphone carriers are not on board.
Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
Twitter backtracks and removes option to let users receive direct messages from any follower  —  Last month, Twitter quietly rolled out a new feature to give users the choice to receive private messages from any of their followers, but that option has now been removed.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: Tim Draper is leaving DFJ  —  Venture capitalist Tim Draper is stepping back from the Silicon Valley firm he created 28 years ago.  —  FORTUNE — Tim Draper will no longer be an investment partner with Draper Fisher Jurvetson, the Silicon Valley venture capital firm he founded in 1985.
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Xbox One SmartGlass lets you snap apps from your phone or tablet  —  Microsoft has started rolling out an Xbox One version of its SmartGlass app for Windows Phone.  While many of the features, including remote control and SmartGlass companions, are the same as the separate and existing SmartGlass …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Twitter for Android and iOS get search filters, toggle between top and all tweets, trends and events timeline  —  Twitter today updated its apps for Android and iOS with a slew of new features, focusing in particular on search and discovery.  You can download the new version now directly from Google Play and Apple's App Store.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Google releases ‘sneak peek’ of Glass app development kit  —  Back at SXSW, Google announced the Glass Mirror API — the first step in allowing developers to build apps, or “Glassware” for its wearable computing device.  Now, developers will have a whole new set of tools at their disposal: the long-awaited Glass Development Kit (GDK).
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Quora Will Push Its Most Link-Baity Content to BuzzFeed (Though It Would Never Call It That)  —  On Quora, answers to the question “What are the most surreal places one can ever visit?” are a fantastical mix of caves and mountains and formations and reefs.  The page has more than half a million views.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Hightail, The File-Sharing Service Formerly Called YouSendIt, Lands $34 Million In New Funding  —  Hightail, the file-sharing service formerly known as YouSendIt, is announcing today that it has raised $34 million in new funding.  The round, which serves as Hightail's Series E, was led by hard drive maker Western Digital.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Wallet Creators Raise $7M From Eric Schmidt, Khosla To Bring Personalization And Analytics To In-Store Commerce  —  While Amazon has been at the forefront of providing a personalized experience in online commerce, in-store retailers are still behind in using data in compelling ways …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
FiftyThree, Maker Of Creativity App Paper, Gets Into Hardware With Launch Of Its ‘Pencil’ Stylus  —  FiftyThree, the company behind the wildly popular iPad creativity app Paper, is making its first foray into hardware with the launch of a new stylus it's creatively named “Pencil.”
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
F.C.C. Chairman Calls for Transforming the Technology Used by Phone Systems  —  WASHINGTON — Americans could soon be one step closer to getting that videophone they were promised in the 1960s.  —  The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said on Tuesday that the agency would begin …
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