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December 3, 2014, 7:25 PM

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Marco della Cava / USA Today:
Google to create new versions of its most popular products for kids 12 and under starting early next year  —  Google to revamp its products with 12-and-under focus  —  SAN FRANCISCO - With Google processing 40,000 search queries a second - or 1.2 trillion a year - it's a safe bet that many of those doing the Googling are kids.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Google's new reCAPTCHA often requires just a single click, detects bots by analyzing IPs, cookies, and mouse movements; can still fall back to puzzles  —  Google Can Now Tell You're Not a Robot With Just One Click  —  When Alan Turing first conceived of the Turing Test in 1947 …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Zenefits Faces Shutdown In Utah For Giving Its Cloud-Based HR Software Away For Free  —  Zenefits has become the latest startup to face regulatory scrutiny in a market it serves, as it now faces opposition from the Utah Insurance Department.  The department is taking the company to task essentially …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
FCC commmissioner Ajit Pai accuses Netflix of creating its own proprietary fast lanes on ISP networks  —  Netflix accused of creating fast lanes “at the expense of competitors”  —  Ajit Pai of the Federal Communications Commission today accused Netflix of “secur[ing] ‘fast lanes’ for its own content” …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Skype Co-Founder Backs Wire, A New Communications App Launching Today On iOS, Android And Mac  —  Skype co-founder Janus Friis is backing a new communications app called Wire, out now for iOS, Android and Mac OS X. The app itself is the reimagining of how a communications tool like Skype should operate had it been built today.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Demand Founder Raises $20 Million at a $100 Million Valuation for Legal TV-Clipping Startup Whipclip  —  Longtime Los Angeles entrepreneur Richard Rosenblatt is launching a startup called Whipclip in private beta today, striking a series of deals with big media companies and attracting a roster …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
GrubHub rival now live in Amazon Local app, covering a limited number of Seattle restaurants  —  Amazon Has Launched A GrubHub Rival For Food Takeout & Delivery  —  Back in June, we wrote about how Amazon was preparing to take on companies like Seamless, Grubhub and DeliveryHero …
Marcus Wohlsen / Wired:
Starbucks launches Mobile Order & Pay in Portland, will roll out program nationwide in 2015  —  Starbucks Schools Silicon Valley (Again) With Launch of iPhone Ordering  —  Starting on Wednesday, if you open up the Starbucks iPhone app in Portland, Oregon, you'll see a new tab that reads “order.”
Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom:
Verizon starts killing off 3G networks to make room for LTE  —  Verizon has already launched two distinct LTE networks since it first turned on 4G in 2010, but now it's started paving the way for the third.  Unlike the first two, however, this new network won't tap virgin airwaves.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
UK announces a ‘Google tax’ to stop companies diverting profits overseas  —  Chancellor promises a 25 percent levy on any profits diverted overseas, but implementation will be key  —  The British Chancellor of the Exchequer, responsible for setting the UK's budget, today announced plans …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Mozilla exec at internal event: “we're going to get Firefox on iOS”  —  Firefox Could Soon Come To iOS  —  For a year now, Mozilla has categorically stated that it wouldn't release a version of Firefox for iOS because Apple won't let it use its own web engine on its platform.
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
New Bluetooth 4.2 spec brings IPv6, better privacy, and increased speed  —  Almost exactly a year ago, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced Bluetooth 4.1, an update that improved speed for bulk data transfers, reduced the likelihood of LTE interference, and made it easier for various …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google Drive now lets you edit Microsoft Office attachments right from Gmail  —  Google today announced a very useful new addition to Gmail: editing Microsoft Office documents that arrive as email attachments.  A new Google Drive edit icon has been added to Gmail attachments that you can click …

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