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November 20, 2013, 7:00 PM

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Polygon:
Xbox One review: a work in progress with surprisingly strong launch games, solid entertainment hub functionality  —  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 …
Kellex / Droid Life:
Google Wallet Card is Official, Wallet Users Can Sign Up Now for Physical Cards  —  A few months back, rumors of a physical Google Wallet card surfaced, suggesting that Google would give you a credit/debit card that could access your Google Wallet balance and be used for purchasing goods.
Douglas MacMillan / Digits:
Snapchat CEO Says 70% of Users Are Women  —  Roughly 70% of Snapchat users are women, the chief executive of the messaging app said at a closed-door Goldman Sachs conference Wednesday.  —  Co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel said Snapchat users are sending 400 million “snaps” a day on the service …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
The First Apple Store App For iPad Nails Tablet Shopping With Clever Gesture And Image Focused Interface  —  Today, Apple is launching its very first Apple Store app for iPad, bringing a gorgeous shopping experience to its tablet in a long-overdue move.  The new app arrives just in time for the holidays …
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Google Play Newsstand merges Currents, magazines and newspapers on Android today, iOS in 2014  —  Google is not particularly great at keeping secrets.  Its Nexus devices always leak and peeks at code are constantly revealing features before they're announced.
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.
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Cupid Media Hack Exposed 42M Passwords  —  An intrusion at online dating service Cupid Media earlier this year exposed more than 42 million consumer records, including names, email addresses, unencrypted passwords and birthdays, according to information obtained by KrebsOnSecurity.
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Instagram comes to Windows Phone with in-app image capture but no video support  —  Instagram comes to Windows Phone Store today without in-app image capture or video support (update: image capture is there)  —  These days, a mobile OS is only as good as its ecosystem, and no company knows this fact more than Microsoft.
Benedict Evans:
Android/ARM has become a new de facto platform for any piece of smart connected electronics  —  The meaning of really cheap Android  —  One of the big puzzles in trying to understand the tablet market is data.  Apple is pretty much the only large manufacturer giving unit sales …
Tweets: @stevecheney
James Ball / Guardian:
US and UK struck secret deal to allow NSA to ‘unmask’ Britons' personal data  —  • 2007 deal allows NSA to store previously restricted material  —  • UK citizens not suspected of wrongdoing caught up in dragnet  —  • Separate draft memo proposes US spying on ‘Five-Eyes’ allies
More: Channel 4 and TheHillTweets: @ggreenwald
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Now Sells T-Shirts That Claim Google's Chrome Steals Your Data  —  Microsoft has started to sell t-shirts, hats, mugs, and sweatshirts that bear slogans from its Scroogled campaign that needles Google as bad on privacy.  I confirmed with the company that the clothing line was released today.
Nitasha Tiku / Valleywag:
Jay Z and Ashton Kutcher-Backed “Uber For Planes” Grinds to a Halt  —  Of all the “Uber for __” propositions, the splashiest by far was Blackjet, the app that purports to help wealthy users book seats on private jets (for a $2,500 annual membership fee).  When it launched last October …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Google's chief internet evangelist says ‘privacy may actually be an anomaly’  —  Google's chief internet evangelist, Vint Cerf, suggests that privacy is a fairly new development that may not be sustainable.  “Privacy may actually be an anomaly,” Cerf said at an FTC event yesterday while taking questions.
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Encrypt the Web Report: Who's Doing What  —  We've asked the companies in our Who Has Your Back Program what they are doing to bolster encryption in light of the NSA's unlawful surveillance of your communications.  We're pleased to see that four companies—Dropbox, Google, SpiderOak and Sonic.net …

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