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November 20, 2013, 12:25 AM

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Polygon:
Xbox One review: impresses with strong launch titles, succeeds as an entertainment hub  —  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, that it helps to think of the company's …
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 …
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
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 Seifert / The Verge:
Peter Delevett / Mercury News:
Changes afoot at DFJ: Tim Draper won't be partner in next fund but denies he's leaving  —  Venture firm DFJ denies report that co-founders Tim Draper and John Fisher are on the way out  —  Venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson is denying a report by Fortune Magazine that co-founders Tim Draper …
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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).
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Wikipedia wants PR firm to stop paid editing services, hints at lawsuit  —  For months, Wikipedia has been battling a company called “Wiki-PR,” which purportedly sells paid editing services on the well-known online encyclopedia.  In October 2013, Wikipedia announced it blocked or banned hundreds of editor accounts in response.
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.
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.

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