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Booting Up: Google Is Giving Employees Talking Points About Its Private Buses

Lots of these. (Photo: PC Mag)

Here’s a leaked memo from Google telling its employees what to think about its controversial shuttle program in San Francisco. [Valleywag]

Neetzan Zimmerman explains what he’s going to do at secret sharing app Whisper and we still don’t get it. [AdWeek]

Analysts are guessing that Apple sold between 50 and 60 million iPhones last quarter because numbers. [Fortune]

Besides the health insurance, there’s another good thing about being acquired by Google: you don’t have to make money. That’s what the founder of Waze joked yesterday. [Recode]

Beats Music, which offers nearly the same thing as Spotify but has 100 percent more Dr. Dre, is now available for download. [BGR]

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Booting Up: Twitter’s Web Interface Is Getting a Nip/Tuck

New, new Twitter. (Photo: Twitter)

Don’t be alarmed if Twitter looks different for you. The web interface is getting (another) redesign that aligns the look of it with its mobile apps. [TechCrunch]

iPhone supplier Foxconn has shipped 1.5 million devices to China Mobile as the telco preps for its launch. [WSJ]

The Dodo, the Lerer Ventures-backed website about, uh, animals, launched yesterday. [Recode]

Claiming it’s a “consequence of a quickly growing service,” Snapchat got defensive when it apologized for all the “snap spam” you’ve been getting. [Daily Dot]

Katie Couric made her Yahoo debut so text your mom if you want to know how she did. [Politico]

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Booting Up: Target Swears That Your PINs Weren’t Stolen and Everything is Fine

#prayers4Target (Photo: Flickr)

It looks like BlackBerry founder Mike Lazaridis won’t pursue a bid for his company as he “severely reduced” his stake in the troubled phone company to just 4.99 percent. [The Verge]

Um, millions of “dogecoins” were stolen in the lamest heist ever. [BuzzFeed FWD]

Taiwan has fined Apple nearly $700,000 for meddling with the prices of its iPhones. [Wall Street Journal]

Target is lashing out at reports that peoples’ PINs were also stoles in last week’s security breach. [CBS New York]

Gyft, a gift card website, claims more people used bitcoins than credit cards on its website during Black Friday. [AdWeek]

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Startup News: Apply For An Apartment With Lovely And Toms Launches Feel-Good Store

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Find your apartment finder¬†Scrolling through disgusting and/or terrifying Craigslist apartment ads has become an unfortunate initiation ritual for NYC newcomers. But just in case you’re maybe, sort of, kinda getting tired of completely re-imagined neighborhood lines and surprise walkups, real estate site Lovely just added a direct-to-landlord application feature this week. Like job application Read More

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The App That Turns Your Selfies Into a Bra Size Is Now Available to the Boob-Having Public

Fresh Kate Middleton blowout not included. (Screengrab: Thirdlove.com)

Many women can recall their first bra fitting. Perhaps, at 10 years old, your mom dragged you to Macy’s. Perhaps a crotchety old saleslady pulled a threadbare tape measure taut around your newly formed bosom. Perhaps she then screeched out, “Nearly A!” to the entire second floor of Macy’s, and you were never able to visit that store’s intimates department without PTSD-like flashbacks ever again.

Or, maybe your bra-buying experience has only gone so far as to be mildly inconvenient. But these days, where there’s a mild inconvenience, there’s a cottage industry of tech startups looking to disrupt the whole thing, so bra apps are fully developing left and right. One such startup, ThirdLove, incorporates selfies into the bra-fitting process, because sure why not, and it just came out of beta to become available to breast-and-iPhone-havers everywhere. Read More