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November 27, 2013, 6:50 AM

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The Huffington Post:
Top-Secret Document Reveals NSA Spied On Porn Habits As Part Of Plan To Discredit ‘Radicalizers’  —  WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency has been gathering records of online sexual activity and evidence of visits to pornographic websites as part of a proposed plan to harm the reputations …
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Microsoft, suspecting NSA spying, to ramp up efforts to encrypt its Internet traffic  —  Microsoft is moving toward a major new effort to encrypt its Internet traffic after concluding that the National Security Agency may have broken into its global communications systems, said people familiar with the emerging plans.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:
Google releases “OK Google” Chrome extension for hands-free voice search on the desktop  —  Google announced today on Google+ that it's releasing a new extension for Chrome that will enable hands-free activation of the voice search features it rolled out earlier this year.
Mike Orcutt / MIT Technology Review:
New inks and tools allow 3-D printing of lithium-ion technology.  —  By making the basic building blocks of batteries out of ink, Harvard materials scientist Jennifer Lewis is laying the groundwork for lithium-ion batteries and other high-performing electronics that can be produced with 3-D printers.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Improved App Store Search Engine Now Corrects For Users' “Fat Finger” Mistakes & Other Misspellings  —  A recent change to Apple's App Store search engine now leads to improved search results for misspelled queries with small typos, we've learned.  In addition, searchers looking for an app they know by name …
Rebecca Grant / VentureBeat:
America falls a dismal 31st on ranking of consumer download speeds (report)  —  30 countries have faster Internet than America, at least according to the most recent update from Speedtest.net.  —  Speedtest.net compares and ranks consumer download speeds around the globe, calculating the rolling mean in Mbps.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Twitter Continues Tweet Recommendation Experiments With Fav Happy @Magicstats  —  Twitter continues to pull the string on personalization and recommendation with a new account called @magicstats.  The account, whose description reads ‘I favorite the best tweets I see in real-time’ appears to be doing just that.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Google now inviting developers to buy Glass  —  Now that Google has offered a preview of Glass' SDK and opened the Mirror API to all developers, it has a strong incentive to get its eyewear in the hands of app writers.  Accordingly, the crew in Mountain View is now inviting developers …
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple patents Lytro-like refocusable camera suitable for iPhone  —  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday awarded Apple a patent for a camera system that uses a microlens adaptor to enable refocusing of an image after the initial shot is taken, much like the Lytro light-field camera.
Pankaj Mishra / TechCrunch:
Target (Yes, That Target) Wants To Launch An Accelerator In India  —  Target has long looked to India to fuel its software applications and back-office projects.  Now, the Minneapolis-based retailer is doubling down on the country's tech potential.  —  Come January 2014 …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Touchscreen PCs expected to take 11 percent of 2013 notebook shipments  —  Apple has famously compared convertible Windows tablets to combining a toaster and a refrigerator, but competitors are still increasing their output of touchscreen notebooks in hopes of turning around slumping PC sales.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
90% of iPhone 5s models now in stock at Apple retail stores  —  Supply of Apple's new flagship handset, the iPhone 5s, has nearly caught up with demand, as a new survey of the company's retail stores finds that 90 percent of models are available.  —  Availability of the iPhone 5s is even greater …
Shira Ovide / Digits:
Microsoft Hires ‘Pawn Stars’ to Bash Google Chromebooks  —  Microsoft has enlisted the reality-television series “Pawn Stars” in its ongoing campaign to bash rival Google.  —  An online video ad released Tuesday mimics the plot set up of “Pawn Stars,” which features people toting precious …

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