November 20, 2013, 9:35 AM

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Xbox One review: surprisingly strong launch titles, good as an entertainment hub, still work in progress  —  Xbox One: The Review  —  The Xbox 360 that exists in 2013 bears little resemblance to the console that Microsoft launched in 2005.  It's so different, in fact …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Overview: Here's how Skype will work on the Xbox One  —  Back in May, Microsoft first announced Skype would be bundled with the Xbox One.  Since then, we've seen glimpses of Skype working on the console, but nothing major as the company was still working hard to nail down as much functionality as possible.
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.
Reverse Engineering Snapchat's Size Is Impossible...But Here Goes  —  Acquirers and investors fear (missing out on) what they don't understand.  That's one reason Snapchat might not be revealing its user count.  But everyone wants to know.  The problem is that ephemeral messaging isn't like posting to Facebook or texting.
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Robert McMillan / Wired:
Gaming Company Fined $1M for Turning Customers Into Secret Bitcoin Army  —  A gaming software company has been slapped with a $1 million fine after secretly adding bitcoin mining software to a product update earlier this year.  —  E-Sports Entertainment Association (ESEA) …
Bobby Sudekum / MapBox:
Mapping service MapBox demos 40-minute drone flight producing 100 acre map for OpenStreetMap  —  Drone Imagery for OpenStreetMap  —  Last weekend we captured 100 acres of aerial imagery at 4cm resolution.  It took less than an hour to fly, and it was easy to publish the imagery …
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.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple Receives Final Approval for ‘Spaceship’ Campus From Cupertino City Council  —  Apple today received final approval for its Apple Campus 2 project from the Cupertino City Council after gaining a unanimous initial approval back in October.  “Go for it,” said Cupertino Mayor Orrin Mahoney …
Emerging Technology From the arXiv:
Liquid Metal Printer Lays Electronic Circuits on Paper, Plastic and Even Cotton  —  A simple way to print circuits on a wide range of flexible substrates using an inkjet printer has eluded materials scientists.  Until now.  —  One of the dreams of makers the world over is to be able …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Comcast's Xfinity TV Store brings movies, TV shows you can keep to its cable boxes and apps  —  First revealed in rumors last week, the Comcast Xfinity TV Store is now available, selling movies and TV shows.  Until now the cable company has offered its traditional video subscriptions …
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 …
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 …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Twitter Gets Experimental — And Not Everyone Loves It  —  Part of any tech company's usual rigamarole is testing changes to its products.  It gives valuable insight into what your users like and — more importantly — what they don't.  —  Case in point: Twitter has amped up its product testing lately …
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Samsung Urges Mistrial Citing Racism in Lawyer's Remark  —  Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) accused Apple Inc.'s lawyer of making a prejudiced remark during closing arguments in a retrial over how much the South Korean company owes the iPhone maker for patent infringement and asked the judge to halt the proceedings.

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