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June 7, 2013, 1:50 AM

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Washington Post:
U.S. intelligence mining data from nine U.S. Internet companies in broad secret program  —  The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection logs …
Washington Post:
NSA slides explain the PRISM data-collection program  —  Through a Top-Secret program authorized by federal judges working under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), the U.S. intelligence community can gain access to the servers of nine internet companies for a wide range of digital data.
Wall Street Journal:
White House Defends Phone-Record Tracking as ‘Critical Tool’  —  NSA Monitoring Includes Three Major Phone Companies, as Well as Online Activity WASHINGTON—The National Security Agency's monitoring of Americans includes customer records from the three major phone networks as well as emails and Web searches …
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Facebook, Apple, Google and Microsoft deny participation in US government spying program PRISM  —  Shortly after reports of PRISM surfaced — a program which reportedly enables the US government to tap directly into the central servers of nine US-based Internet companies …
Peter Burrows / Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Start iPhone Trade-In Program in Stores  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) is starting an iPhone trade-in program this month aimed at getting users to upgrade to the iPhone 5 and turn in older models, people with knowledge of the plans said.  —  Apple has teamed up with Brightstar Corp. …
Christina Bonnington / Wired:
Why Google Reader Really Got the Axe  —  When Google announced its plans to shutter Google Reader in March, the Internet freaked out.  Twitter users raised their virtual pitchforks in outrage.  Bloggers wept, scrambling to find a suitable replacement by the service's July 1 death date.
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Meet Vesper, a notes app with an all-star development team  —  Three people you may have heard of—writer John Gruber, developer Brent Simmons, and designer Dave Wiskus—have joined forces to create Q Branch, an app development company whose first product is a $5 iPhone app called Vesper.
Mary Ellen Gordon, PhD / The Flurry Blog:
The iOS and Android Two-Horse Race: A Deeper Look into Market Share  —  Over the past four years, Apple's iOS and Google's Android have been locked into a two horse race for mobile OS ownership.  In the past year, there has been a lot of focus on the rise of Android and its lead in device market share.
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
It's back (again): NY courts approve Uber, Hailo, green taxis in one fell swoop  —  Today, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced two noteworthy decisions by the state's Court of Appeals that is a victory for companies looking to get into the transportation business in the city.
Bloomberg:
TiVo Settles DVR Patent Dispute With Google's Motorola  —  TiVo Inc. (TIVO) settled a patent dispute with Google Inc. (GOOG)'s Motorola Mobility unit over digital-video recording technology, averting a trial that was scheduled to start next week.  TiVo surged the most since January 2012.
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Wikimedia readies its ‘WYSIWYG’ visual editor for English-language Wikipedia articles starting early July  —  It's been a long time coming, but the Wikimedia Foundation is finally on the cusp of rolling out its visual ‘WYSIWYG’ editor for all Wikipedia users.
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
3-D Printer Firm MakerBot in Acquisition Talks  —  MakerBot Industries LLC, the fast-growing maker of 3-D printers, is in talks with suitors that could lead to the sale of the New York-based company, people familiar with the matter said.  —  The four-year-old startup was recently gauging …
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