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June 8, 2013, 10:00 AM

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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Tech Companies, Bristling, Concede to Federal Surveillance Program  —  When government officials came to Silicon Valley to demand easier ways for the world's largest Internet companies to turn over user data as part of a secret surveillance program, the companies bristled.
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Did Tech Companies Have Checkout & Delivery System For Gov't Access To Their Data?  —  Tech companies named in reports to be part of the NSA's “PRISM” data gathering program have strongly denied participating in programs giving “direct access” to their servers.
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Cowards  —  Will not one tech CEO stand up and tell the truth?  —  The NSA story of the secret assassination of the Fourth Amendment continues to unfold.  Today we heard from Google CEO Larry Page and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.  —  Page was confused (the title of his post is “What the...?).
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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.
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
I want to respond personally to the outrageous press reports about PRISM:  —  Facebook is not and has never been part of any program to give the US or any other government direct access to our servers.  We have never received a blanket request or court order from any government agency asking …
Guardian:
Obama orders US to draw up overseas target list for cyber-attacks  —  Exclusive: Top-secret directive steps up offensive cyber capabilities to ‘advance US objectives around the world’  —  • Read the secret presidential directive here  —  Barack Obama has ordered his senior national security …
Clint Boulton / Wall Street Journal:
Printing Out Barbies and Ford Cylinders  —  Companies such as General Electric Co., Ford Motor Co. and Mattel Inc. are pushing 3-D printing further into the mainstream than most people realize.  —  Also known as additive manufacturing, because objects manufactured in this manner are built …
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Snapchat close to raising as much as $100 million at a jaw-dropping valuation … The It girl of web services, Snapchat, is close to snagging about $100 million in new investment at a valuation nearing half a billion dollars, sources familiar with company's fund raising efforts tell me.

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