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June 7, 2013, 4:50 PM

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Larry Page / The Official Google Blog:
What the ...?  —  You may be aware of press reports alleging that Internet companies have joined a secret U.S. government program called PRISM to give the National Security Agency direct access to our servers.  As Google's CEO and Chief Legal Officer, we wanted you to have the facts.
Carl Franzen / The Verge:
President Obama on NSA spying: Congress has known about it and approved for years  —  President Obama delivered his first public statements on the massive government surveillance efforts targeting millions of ordinary citizens, which were revealed by leaked documents published online earlier this week.
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Triangulating On Truth - The Totalitarian State  —  The Guardian breaks a big story yesterday - a court document authorizing the FBI and NSA to secretly collect customer phone records.  All of them, for all Verizon customers.  —  Then today the Washington Post breaks an even bigger story …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
WaPost backtracks on claim tech companies ‘participate knowingly’ in PRISM data collection  —  The Washington Post published an investigative report uncovering the government-run PRISM program, which allegedly monitored US citizen's Internet activity illegally, but now the paper is stepping away …
Nick Hopkins / Guardian:
UK gathering secret intelligence via covert NSA operation  —  Exclusive: UK security agency GCHQ gaining information from world's biggest internet firms through US-run Prism programme  —  The UK's electronic eavesdropping and security agency, GCHQ, has been secretly gathering intelligence …
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Apple Signs Sony Up for iRadio, Now Has All Three Major Music Labels On Board  —  Sony Music has signed on to Apple's forthcoming iRadio service, according to a person familiar with negotiations between the two companies.  —  The deal means Apple now has agreements with all three major music labels.
Businessweek:
Google Wallet Is Leaking Money  —  Google Wallet (GOOG), the mobile software that allows Android users to pay for purchases online and in stores with their phones, has become a money pit.  The company has dedicated hundreds of developers to Wallet and spent about $300 million to acquire digital payment startups to help develop the app.
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple displays extremely sparse iOS 7 banner at Moscone ahead of WWDC (Updated: OS X banners going up)  —  Apple has been steadily preparing the Moscone Center in San Francisco for its Worldwide Developer Conference all week long.  Today banners for iOS 7 appeared featuring a very colorful and thin …
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Samsung Electronics loses $12 billion market value on smartphone worries  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co lost $12 billion in market value on Friday, hit by brokerage downgrades that have underscored concerns about slowing sales of its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Android game console GamePop does the unthinkable, brings iOS games to TV with ‘Looking Glass’  —  In case you hadn't heard: BlueStacks, the company with around 10M+ using its technology that brings Android games to PC and Mac, has recently been working on a new dedicated Android gaming console …
USA Today:
Google allows ads for illegal drugs, state AG says  —  Google still is allowing ads for illegal online pharmacies that sell dangerous or counterfeit drugs without a prescription, Mississippi state Attorney General Jim Hood charged Thursday.  —  The Internet giant paid $500 million in 2011 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows 8.1 Start button demonstrated fully in new video  —  Microsoft demonstrated a number of new features in Windows 8.1 earlier this week, but the company briefly showed the return of the Start button and avoided any details on how it visually works.  During Computex this week the company took …
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Twilio Raises A $70M Series D As They Consider An IPO  —  Twilio, the company whose APIs help developers easily add SMS, voice, and VoIP functionality to their applications, has closed a Series D round of $70M dollars.  —  The round was led by Redpoint Ventures, along with Draper Fisher Jurvetson …
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