Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
Digital spy tech could face same regulation as weapons in international treaty — A consortium of international governments are working on an update to a nearly 18-year-old agreement in order to limit the export of various electronics security technologies.
China Bans Financial Companies From Bitcoin Transactions — China's central bank barred financial institutions from handling Bitcoin transactions, moving to regulate the virtual currency after an 89-fold jump in its value sparked a surge of investor interest in the country.
Dara Kerr / CNET:
Apple desktops overtake Dell on shoppers' holiday wish lists — Apple has long been the most-desired brand for tablets, smartphones, MP3 players, and streaming media devices on US shoppers' holiday lists. And, for the first time, the company also got ranked as the top brand for desktops this year …
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Pinterest's Engineering Lead Jon Jenkins Leaves To Launch His Own Startup — Jon Jenkins, who joined Pinterest a year ago as its head of engineering, is leaving the company in what he describes on Quora as a “bittersweet” decision. Jenkins says wants to launch his own company, a wish he had even before he joined Pinterest.
Nicole Perlroth / NYT Bits:
Microsoft's General Counsel: N.S.A. Hacks Were an ‘Earthquake’ for Tech — Microsoft is the latest company to try to protect its data from its own government. — An article on Thursday indicates that Microsoft is in the process of expanding and strengthening the encryption …