November 20, 2013, 1:15 PM

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Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
The Xbox One - Mini Review & Comparison to Xbox 360/PS4  —  Earlier this morning Microsoft lifted the embargo on press reviews of the Xbox One.  I've been playing with final hardware and near final software for a few days now and I wanted to share some thoughts.
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
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 …
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.
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 …
Sean Buckley / Engadget:
Hands-on with Logitech's PowerShell Controller, an iOS 7 gamepad that charges your phone  —  Remember that fuzzy-looking iOS 7 gamepad that leaked back in June?  Turns out it's called the Logitech PowerShell Controller + Battery (a mouthful, right?), and it's one of the first iOS 7 certified gamepads on the market.
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 …
David Pogue / A Note from Pogue:
Nest Protect: Another Unloved Appliance, Reborn  —  Tony Fadell!  You've just spent 18 years at Apple, designed the iPod, and changed the world!  What are you going to do now?  —  The answer, evidently, was “reinvent the thermostat.”  Fadell founded Nest, created the Nest Internet-connected thermostat …

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