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June 7, 2013, 1:55 PM

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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 …
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.
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.
New York Times:
Anti-Surveillance Activist Is at Center of New Leak  —  After writing intensely, even obsessively, for years about government surveillance and the prosecution of journalists, Glenn Greenwald has suddenly put himself directly at the intersection of those two issues, and perhaps in the cross hairs of federal prosecutors.
James Temple / The Technology Chronicles:
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
YouTube Founders Hurley And Chen Have Released An Asian Clone Of Vine  —  AVOS Systems, the company founded by YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, has just launched a new app that appears to be a Chinese version of Twitter's popular six-second video-sharing app, Vine.
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.

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