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June 9, 2013, 4:25 PM

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Guardian:
Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations  —  The 29-year-old source behind the biggest intelligence leak in the NSA's history explains his motives, his uncertain future and why he never intended on hiding in the shadows  —  • Q&A with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden …
Washington Post:
U.S., company officials: Internet surveillance does not indiscriminately mine data  —  The director of national intelligence on Saturday stepped up his public defense of a top-secret government data surveillance program as technology companies began privately explaining the mechanics of its use.
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Government Says Secret Court Opinion on Law Underlying PRISM Program Needs to Stay Secret  —  In a rare public filing in the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), the Justice Department today urged continued secrecy for a 2011 FISC opinion that found the National Security …
More: TechSpot, Wired and Mashable
Christopher Soghoian / slight paranoia:
Analyzing Yahoo's PRISM non-denial  —  Today, Yahoo's General Counsel posted a carefully worded denial regarding the company's alleged participation in the NSA PRISM program.  To the casual observer, it might seem like a categorical denial.  I do not believe that Yahoo's denial is as straightforward as it seems.
More: Network World and emptywheelTweets: @csoghoian
Gregory Ferenstein / TechCrunch:
Spy Whistleblower Comes Forward, Says “NSA Routinely Lies”  —  The NSA whistleblower who exposed America's massive spying operation has come out and taken an interview with the leak reporter, The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald.  “The NSA has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything.
More: The Verge
Reuters:
Spy agency seeks criminal probe into leaks  —  (Reuters) - A U.S. intelligence agency requested a criminal probe on Saturday into the leak of highly classified information about secret surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency, a spokesman for the intelligence chief's office said.
Guardian:
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Globes Online:
Google set to acquire Waze for $1.3b  —  The acquisition of the Israeli navigation app and traffic report start up will be completed after months of speculation involving Google, Facebook and Apple.  —  Sources inform “Globes” that Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) will acquire Waze Ltd. for $1.3 billion.
Andy Fixmer / Bloomberg:
Rdio's Larner to Step Down as CEO of Streaming Service  —  Rdio Inc. Chief Executive Officer Drew Larner is leading a search for a new CEO to expand efforts to sell combined music and video subscriptions to the streaming entertainment service.  —  After a transition period, Larner …
Jennifer Van Grove / CNET:
Ask.fm, the troubling secret playground of tweens and teens  —  Insanely popular with kids, the question-and-answer service thrives on anonymity, making it fun and dangerous.  —  Spy on Ask.fm's public stream and you'll feel like you've been transported back to middle school …
More: The Verge
Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Disruptions: Celebrities' Product Plugs on Social Media Draw Scrutiny  —  In 1982, Bill Cosby appeared on television showing off a snazzy new computer.  “Looking for a powerful home computer?” he said as he waved his hands over a Texas Instruments PC that looks archaic now.  “This is the one!
Matt McGee / Marketing Land:
Vine Passes Instagram In Total Twitter Shares  —  Still not sure about the idea of making and sharing six-second looping videos?  Consider this: On Friday there were more Vines shared on Twitter than Instagram photos.  —  According to Topsy Analytics, there were about 2.37 million links …

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