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December 8, 2013, 11:00 AM

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Tim Worstall / Forbes:
German Patent Ruling Threatens Microsoft's Windows Phone Earnings From Android  —  In yet another round of the patent fights going on over smart phones we find that Microsoft has just been dealt a blow over the revenues it gains from Android hand sets.  Yes, read that again …
More: FOSS Patents and Softpedia NewsTweets: @nileshk
USA Today:
Local police get metadata dumps from cellular providers, spoof towers using Stingray devices  —  Cellphone data spying: It's not just the NSA  —  LAW ENFORCEMENT USING METHODS FROM NSA PLAYBOOK  —  Local police are increasingly able to scoop up large amounts of cellphone data using new technologies …
Tweets: @mattblaze and @csoghoian
Businessweek:
The Rise and Fall of BlackBerry: An Oral History  —  In 1984, Mike Lazaridis, an engineering student at the University of Waterloo, and Douglas Fregin, an engineering student at the University of Windsor, founded an electronics and computer science consulting company called Research In Motion, or RIM.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Verizon Is Acquiring Content Delivery Network EdgeCast For More Than $350 Million  —  Verizon is looking to get deeper into the content delivery business with the acquisition of Los Angeles-based CDN provider EdgeCast Networks, TechCrunch has heard.  Owning EdgeCast, and combining …
Christopher S. Stewart / Wall Street Journal:
Inside the Effort to Kill a Web Fraud ‘Botnet’  —  Working With Law Enforcement, Team Cuts Off Servers for Zombie Computers  —  For months, investigators at Microsoft Corp. hunkered down in front of their computer monitors, patiently stalking the shadowy figures behind what the company says is a major Web ad-fraud machine.
Kevin Roose / New York Magazine:
Mirroring Amazon, Uber could evolve into a platform for transportation and logistical services  —  Uber Might Be More Valuable Than Facebook Someday.  Here's Why  —  One of the odd things about traveling between the Bay Area and New York a lot is the asynchronicity of mass culture between coasts …
Tweets: @mattrosoff
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Why is Microsoft scared of Chromebooks?  —  Something has Redmond spooked  —  “It's pretty much a brick,” says Pawn Stars' Rick Harrison as he rejects a Samsung Chromebook brought in by an actor playing a customer.  Microsoft really doesn't want you buying this thing.  —  But why?

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