June 21, 2013, 9:55 PM

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Facebook Security:
Important Message from Facebook's White Hat Program  —  At Facebook, we take people's privacy seriously, and we strive to protect people's information to the very best of our ability.  We implement many safeguards, hire the brightest engineers and train them to ensure we have only high-quality code behind …
Billy Gallagher / TechCrunch:
Facebook Security Bug Exposed Personal Account Information, Emails And Phone Numbers, Six Million Accounts Affected  —  A Facebook security bug exposed users' personal contact information (email or phone number) to other users who were connected to them; the bug has affected 6 million accounts.
Washington Post:
U.S. charges Snowden with espionage  —  Federal prosecutors have filed a sealed criminal complaint against Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked a trove of documents about top-secret surveillance programs, and the United States has asked Hong Kong to detain …
GCHQ taps fibre-optic cables for secret access to world's communications  —  Exclusive: British spy agency collects and stores vast quantities of global email messages, Facebook posts, internet histories and calls, and shares them with NSA, latest documents from Edward Snowden reveal
Andy Pasztor / Wall Street Journal:
FAA to Relax Rules for Gadgets in Flight  —  Airline passengers irritated at having to turn off their devices could soon see some reprieve, with regulators set to allow wider use of gadgets in flight.  —  The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to relax the ban on using some types …
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
AOL is launching a Google Reader replacement Monday: ‘All your favorite websites, in one place’  —  As the end of Google Reader nears, AOL is planning to announce its own alternative to the service: “AOL Reader.”  —  As you can see on the current landing page for the service, which is public …
Jennifer Van Grove / CNET:
Instagram users upload 5M videos in first 24 hours  —  Just a day after release, video sharing is already proving so popular an activity on the app that it would take you years to watch all the clips uploaded to the service.  —  Instagram users have embraced the application's …
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
HTC Said to Hire Robert Downey Jr. for $12 Million Ad Campaign  —  HTC has enlisted actor Robert Downey Jr. for a two-year global marketing deal worth about $12 million to promote the Taiwanese company's smartphone brand, according to two people with knowledge of the plans.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Mine  —  Google prepares a new service that's called Google Mine.  It's integrated with Google+ and it's a way to keep track of the items you own and share some of them with your circles.  Right now, the service is tested internally at Google.  —  “Google Mine lets you share …
Jack Clark / The Register:
Oracle set for major Microsoft, Salesforce, Netsuite partnerships  —  Red Borg tees up 12c database love-in  —  Oracle is embarking on a spree of partnerships to assure the success of its much-ballyhooed 12c database among cloud companies.  —  The red giant's chief, Larry Ellison …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Makes Google News In Germany Opt-In Only To Avoid Paying Fees Under New Copyright Law  —  Google News in Germany will soon change.  Starting August 1, it will only index sources that have decided to explicitly opt-in to being shown on the search giant's news-aggregation service.
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Twitter is Developing Geo-Targeted Ads for Retailers  —  Twitter Is Playing Catch-Up to Facebook On Location-Based Ads  —  As soon as the end of the year, Twitter is planning to let brands show promoted tweets to people who open its mobile apps within close range of their stores.
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / The Verge:
Vine for Android updated with hashtags and Facebook sharing, still no front-camera support  —  Vine for Android can now do almost much anything Vine for iOS can do.  On Friday, Twitter updated its video sharing Android app adding the ability to search for posts by way of hashtags or mentions of a user name.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
iPhone 5 coming to Virgin Mobile next Friday for $549.99 with unlimited plans starting at $30/month  —  We've just received word that Virgin Mobile will be carrying the iPhone 5 next week on its Beyond Talk plans with unlimited 3G/4G LTE data and messaging starting at $35/month (with $5 discount for auto-payments).

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