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November 20, 2013, 9:00 PM

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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.
Kirk Hamilton / Kotaku:
Xbox One almost reaches Microsoft's ambitious vision for a next-gen console  —  The Xbox One: The Kotaku Review  —  The Xbox One is a testament to Microsoft's towering ambition.  It represents their desire not only to occupy a place in your home entertainment center, but to lumber straight into the center of it.
Polygon:
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
TechCrunch:
Dropbox-Rival Box Is Raising $100M In New Funding At A $2B Valuation  —  Posted 13 seconds ago by Alex Wilhelm (@alex), Leena Rao (@leenarao)  —  TOMS Founder Blake Mycoskie On Turning The One-For-One Charity Model Into A Platform  —  Enterprise cloud file storage firm Box is raising …
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.
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.
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.
James Ball / Guardian:
US and UK struck secret data pact  —  • 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  —  The phone, internet and email records …
More: Channel 4 and TheHillTweets: @ggreenwald
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.
Preston Gralla / Computerworld:
Dell Venue 8 Pro review: A Windows 8.1 tablet for the rest of us  —  Dell's new 8-in. tablet offers a fine display and good features at a price that most Windows users can afford.  —  With the new Dell Venue 8 Pro, we're finally seeing a full-blown Windows 8.1 tablet for the masses.
More: The Verge
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
TaskRabbit brings its online task and errand marketplace to London as it begins global expansion  —  TaskRabbit is going international with its launch in London.  The move had been widely expected for over a year.  —  At launch, the company says that 50 Taskers have been vetted, trained …
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 …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
A bum rap for Ballmer?  Microsoft CEO defends profit growth during his tenure  —  Outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer listens to a question at this week's shareholders meeting.  —  What about the stock price?  —  That's the perennial question from the floor at Microsoft's annual shareholders meeting …

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