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Booting Up: Uber Isn’t Thrilled That Its Revenue Numbers Leaked

Airbnb's kitschy new kitchen. (Photo: Airbnb)

Uber is pissed at the person who leaked internal revenue figures to Valleywag, but didn’t deny that it makes millions. [AllThingsD]

Even creator Ev Williams is still figuring out what Medium should be. Hopefully the redesign helps? [Fast Company]

On Cyber Monday, Pinterest nearly tripled the revenue on retail sites that it sent traffic to. [TechCrunch]

Here’s what happens when you use bitcoins to purchase gifts on your Christmas list: you commission a portrait of your cat. [Time]

Airbnb’s new San Francisco headquarters have mini apartments influenced by major cities, like Bali and Paris. [PSFK]

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Booting Up: The Bitcoin Crash ‘Is Going to Be Great’

WHO MADE YOU?! (Photo: Silicon Angle)

“Bitcoin is too dependent on speculative mania to be of practical use as a currency,” opines Adrian Chen because Thomas L. Friedman is off this week. [New York Times]

The NSA reportedly monitored the porn habits of six Muslisms’ as part of a plan to discredit them. [Huffington Post]

Fab.com’s Jason Goldberg has no idea how to run a company. [The Verge]

Betabeat’s official store, Target, is launching a startup accelerator in India to tap into the nation’s growing tech sector. [TechCrunch]

Watch everyone’s flights get cancelled from the comfort of your own laptop with the Misery Map. [BuzzFeed]

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Booting Up: We Need to Have a Talk About Your User Numbers, Google+

Guess that's what Google+looks like? (geekword.net)

Weird, Google is using shady tactics to inflate Google+ user numbers. [AllThingsD]

The iPad Air goes on sale today, nerds. [Digital Trends]

Circle Internet Financial has raised $9 million in funding to bring Bitcoins mainstream since we’re still trying to make that a thing. [TechCrunch]

Haha, remember when we got excited that Netflix might soon come to Comcast’s boxes? The cable company is telling everyone to chill because it’s “not a high priority.” [Chicago Tribune]

The Internet is telling Nick Bilton “thanks!” for helping push the FAA’s new gadget rules. [Skift]

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Booting Up: Facebook Is Sorry for Ignoring That Zuckerberg Profile Hack

Supposedly this is it. (Photo: MGM/iMore)

A Palestinian IT expert exploited a Facebook loophole by writing on Mark Zuckerberg’s wall without being connected to him to show off his discovery. The company is now apologizing for ignoring the bug report. [AllThingsD]

Twitter poached Jennifer Prince from Google to lead its ad sales efforts with movie and television companies. [Variety]

Zillow is purchasing StreetEasy for a cool $50 million. [AllThingsD]

In Germany, Bitcoins are now subject to a capital gains tax because it’s a form of “private money.” [ArsTechnica]

Jobs garnered an embarrassing $6.7 million in its debut weekend. That makes the Newton look like a rousing success. [Wall Street Journal]

Um, ew? There’s mounting evidence that the next iPhone is going to be available in gold. [TechCrunch]

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Hackers Claim They’re Holding Mitt Romney’s Tax Returns for Bitcoin Ransom [Update]

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Hackers do a lot for epic lulz, including trolling a credulous public in love with stories about improbable, Mission Impossible-worthy hacks. So we are skeptical of The Daily Dot’s article about anonymous (we don’t yet know if that word should be capitalized) Pastebin posts claiming GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney’s infamously withheld tax returns have been snagged by hackers and are being held for ransom.

The authors of the Pastebin missives say Mr. Romney’s returns will be released to the public on September 28 unless the hackers are given a Bitcoin ransom equal to $1 million in U.S. dollars.

In case you think the Mission Impossible allusion is hyperbole, just read how the Romney tax return kidnappers claim they snagged the documents: Read More