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December 13, 2013 06:00 PST | 09:00 EST | 14:00 UTC

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>> SHOT: Microsoft said to consider Qualcomm's Mollenkopf for CEO job, by Dina Bass, Beth Jinks, Ian King: "Mollenkopf is on a list of several choices under serious consideration as the board works to decide on a CEO as early as this year... That list also includes Microsoft executive Satya Nadella and external candidates, said one of the people. While Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally remains in the mix, his candidacy has faded amid concerns about his lack of technology experience, said three of the people." Bloomberg

>>>> +1 'He's too nice a guy to have this wished upon him, and he'd never take the job, but: 'BobMu for MS CEO!'' @ckindel

>> CHASER: Qualcomm promotes Steve Mollenkopf to CEO, by Roger Cheng: "Qualcomm said on Friday that Steve Mollenkopf would take over as CEO early next year. Mollenkopf was promoted to CEO-elect today, but will assume the official leadership role on March 4. He replaces Paul Jacobs, who will remain with the company as executive chairman. The company said Jacobs, who is the son of one of the founders, would help guide the development of new technologies and its long-term opportunities. The promotion comes shortly after Bloomberg reported that Mollenkopf was on a short list to potentially replace Steve Ballmer as the CEO of Microsoft." CNet

>> TUBE OF BABBLE: Rule allowing in-flight phone calls clears first FCC hurdle, by Bill Chappell: "By a vote of 3-2, the FCC has approved the initial proposal to allow passengers on U.S. flights to use their cellphones for voice calls -- something that's been forbidden on U.S. flights. The vote opens the door for further consideration by the commission's five members, as well as comments from the public." NPR

>>>> Anthony Foxx: DOT will consider banning cellphone calls on planes Politico

>>>> FCC FTW: Wireless telcos agree to more consumer-friendly phone unlocking policies Engadget

>> EATING THE WORLD: Google said to mull designing chips in threat to Intel, by Tim Culpan, Ian King, Brian Womack: "Google is considering designing its own server processors using technology from ARM, said a person with knowledge of the matter, a move that could threaten Intel's market dominance. By using its own designs, Google could better manage the interactions between hardware and software... Google, among the largest buyers of server processors, has made no decision and plans could change." Bloomberg

>> CLOUD COMEBACK: Dell executing cloud flanking move with Red Hat, by Patrick Moorhead: "When Dell backed away from developing their own public cloud a few months back, some were thinking Dell would essentially exit the cloud services business. Today at Dell World in Austin, TX, Dell made some announcements that clearly showed it's very much doing what it takes to become a cloud player. What I consider to be a flanking move on Hewlett-Packard and IBM, Dell is partnering with Red Hat to build out Dell's cloud delivery portfolio." Forbes

>>>> Dell and Red Hat team to sell enterprise OpenStack InfoWorld

>> CASH OUT: Bitcoins fail currency test in Scandinavia's richest nation, by Saleha Mohsin: "'Bitcoins don't fall under the usual definition of money or currency,' Hans Christian Holte, director general of taxation in Norway, said in an interview. 'We've done some assessments on what's the right and sound way to handle this in the tax system.... Norway will instead treat Bitcoins as an asset and charge a capital gains tax, after Germany in August said it will impose a levy on the virtual currency.'" Bloomberg

>>>> Bitcoin: Open source money whose time has come InfoWorld

>>>> "Bitcoin is the first plausible proposal for an economic protocol for the Internet" Chris Dixon

>>>> 927 people own half of all bitcoins Business Insider

>>>> Bitcoin market price app, 'Bitcoin Alarm,' is carefully cloaked malware PCWorld >> TWEET THIS: Twitter immediately reverses course on changes to "block" behavior, by Andrew Cunningham: "Twitter prompted an outcry and backlash from some of its more vocal users this evening when it changed the way that its 'block' feature worked. Previously, blocked users would no longer be able to see the blocker's Tweets in their timelines or follow the account that had blocked them, and a blocked user's replies and mentions would not show up in the blocker's 'mentions' tab. The changes made it possible for blocked users to continue to follow, view, reply to, and retweet the Tweets of blockers. Because the changes would allow blocked users to easily reply to and retweet accounts that had blocked them, they drew criticism from users who claimed they put too much power in the hands of harassers... the changes were reversed just a few hours later following a rare late-night meeting of Twitter executives." Ars Technica

>>>> Twitter's shock block unlock deemed a cockup, gets a lockup The Register

>> ALL YOUR BASE: Gmail blows up email marketing by caching all images on Google servers, by Ron Amadeo: "Google... will cache all images for Gmail users. Embedded images will now be saved by Google, and the e-mail content will be modified to display those images from Google's cache, instead of from a third-party server. Email marketers will no longer be able to get any information from images -- they will see a single request from Google, which will then be used to send the image out to all Gmail users. Unless you click on a link, marketers will have no idea the e-mail has been seen. While this means improved privacy from e-mail marketers, Google will now be digging deeper than ever into your emails and literally modifying the contents. If you were worried about e-mail scanning, this may take things a step further." Ars Technica

>>>> With the new Gmail, people/advertisers will know when you open that message Wired

>>>> Dear Gmailer: I know what you read last summer (and last night and today) Ars Technica

>> BIG PICTURE: 2013: The year 'the Stream' crested, by Alexis Madrigal: "The Stream represents the triumph of reverse-chronology, where importance -- above-the-foldness -- is based exclusively on nowness.... There are great reasons for why The Stream triumphed. In a world of infinite variety, it's difficult to categorize or even find, especially before a thing has been linked. So time, newness, began to stand in for many other things. And now the Internet's media landscape is like a never-ending store, where everything is free. No matter how hard you sprint for the horizon, it keeps receding. There is always something more." The Atlantic

>> SOCIAL BUTTERFLIES: Everyone wants to be the one messaging app that rules them all -- but there's no such thing, and never will be, by Mathew Ingram: "If you were engaged in something worthwhile on Thursday rather than paying attention to technology blogs, you might have missed the fact that photo-sharing app Instagram -- now a subsidiary of social behemoth Facebook Inc. -- launched a new feature the company calls Instagram Direct, as Om predicted it would several weeks ago. The new feature essentially turns Instagram into a messaging app, allowing users to send the equivalent of direct messages to friends along with a picture or video. This feature obviously pits Instagram against a horde of other messaging apps and micro-social networks, including Twitter -- which just launched a new photo-enhanced direct-messaging feature of its own -- as well as Snapchat, Kik, WhatsApp, and Facebook's own branded messenger service. It's getting so smartphone users could probably fill up an entire screen with just apps that involve photo-sharing and/or messaging of some kind." GigaOM

>>>> Take that, Snapchat: Instagram Direct's private messages stick around TechHive

>>>> Will Instagram's new messaging app solve Facebook's problem? Wall Street Journal/Digits

>>>> Sorry, Instagram: Kik, now at 100M users, shows how a platform trumps messaging Pando

>>>> Instagram says half of all Instagrammers -- 75M+ -- use the app daily TechCrunch

>> PERIPATETIC PIRATES: Pirate Bay docks in Peru: New system will make domains "irrelevant," by Andy: "Fearing a domain seizure by Swedish authorities, last April the site moved to a Greenland-based domain. The stay was short-lived, with the site moving first to Iceland and then to Sint Maarten. That residency was to last just eight months, terminated this week following pressure from Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN... Ascension Island was next up, a handy stopover on the way to its latest destination. As of a few minutes ago the site's new domain became The .PE represents Peru, chosen by the site 'because it's in South America.'" Torrent Freak

>> YOUR MARGIN, MY OPPORTUNITY: Amazon said to launch Pantry to take on Costco, Sam's, by Alistair Barr: "Pantry is set to launch in 2014 and will let Amazon Prime members buy consumer packages goods that will be shipping in a set sized box with a maximum weight limit... will launch with about 2,000 products typically found in the center of grocery stores, such as cleaning supplies, kitchen paper rolls, canned goods like pet food, dry grocery items like cereal and some beverages. Amazon will let Prime shoppers put as many of these items into a set sized box, up to a specific weight limit. If the products fit and they don't exceed the maximum weight, Amazon will ship the box for a small fee." USA Today

>> Google removes vital privacy feature from Android, claiming its release was accidental EFF

>> Oculus VR raises $75M to help bring virtual reality goggles to the masses TechCrunch

>>>> "Company has raised over $100 million before even announcing the final product." Ars Technica

>> Microsoft schedules Build 2014 developer conference for April 2 [Then pulled the announcement from its site -- any guess when we'll see Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1.1?] The Verge

>> Cisco cuts long-term revenue forecast InfoWorld

>> Dell's Venture arm expands investments with $300M fund Wall Street Journal/Digits

>> There was a huge IT shift toward the cloud this year, agree Evernote, Box, and GitHub CITEworld

>> Mozilla advises webmasters to implement X-Frame-Options security header PCWorld

>> Google goes offline with Chrome Apps for Mac Computerworld

>> Hacker gets 18 months for peddling computer access to U.S. national security lab PCWorld

>> Researchers create a more accurate alternative to Wi-Fi for tracking people through walls GigaOM

>> Chromecast can now stream videos and music from Google Play's website The Verge

>> Bots 'account for 61% of Web traffic' BBC

>> HAD TO RUN IT: The Kardashians hint at marketing potential for Instagram's messenger PCWorld

>> Bitcoin this hour: $917 Mt.Gox

>> TWEET O' THE DAY: "Don't weigh in...don't weigh in...don't weigh in...don't weigh're only going to regret it..." @OKnox

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