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November 20, 2013, 6:35 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.
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.
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 …
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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.
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.
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
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 …
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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Microsoft:
Helping a groundswell of citizen scientists aid the environment  —  See how Microsoft's AI for Earth program is partnering with iNaturalist to help amateur and expert scientists share data.
eero:
eero: your first line of defense against security breaches.  —  Thanks to our automatic and regular software updates as well as a number of other security measures built into our devices and software …
Mozilla:
Facebook Container Extension: Take control of how you're being tracked  —  Our Multi-Account Containers extension has been a game changer for many users, letting them manage various parts of their online life without intermingling their accounts.
Zoho:
Customer Analytics powered by Zoho Reports  —  In our previous posts on Help Desk Analytics (Part 1, Part 2), we spoke about monitoring key metrics in order to measure and improve customer support.

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