July 6, 2013, 4:45 PM

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Jonathan Watts / Guardian:
Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia offer asylum to Edward Snowden  —  President Maduro offers to protect NSA whistleblower ‘from persecution by the empire’ and rejects US extradition request  —  Bolivia, Venezuela and Nicaragua have offered asylum to Edward Snowden, the US whistleblower …
Andy / TorrentFreak:
RIAA Hits 25 Million Google Takedowns, Web Blocking Making Things Worse  —  Back in May the RIAA reached a historic milestone in its quest to remove copyright-infringing links from the Internet.  —  The music industry group asked Google to remove the 20 millionth URL from its indexes …
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
Alleged ‘budget’ iPhone revealed in photos and video by company selling Android knock-offs  —  Photos and video of what's purported to be the new low-cost iPhone popped up online overnight, possibly giving us the closest look yet at Apple's newest device.  The images even look identical …
Christopher Mims / Quartz:
Almost every major consumer electronics manufacturer is now working on a smart watch  —  Something about the ailing PC industry, competition among makers of smartphones and the endless quest for the next big thing has nearly every major consumer electronics manufacturer working on a smart watch or at least contemplating it.
Adam L. Penenberg / PandoDaily:
Michael Birch's Bebo prequel  —  Of all the interviews I did for my book, Viral Loop, the one I enjoyed most was with Michael Birch.  This was about six months after he sold Bebo, the social network he had largely bootstrapped with his wife, Xochi, for $850 million to AOL.
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John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
‘Restore The 4th’ galvanizes over 100 nation-wide protests against NSA, PRISM, and government spying  —  “Stop the surveillance!  Restore the fourth amendment!”  —  It's the largest online protest since SOPA.  And perhaps an even larger offline protest, as protestors galvanized by the Restore …
Lance Whitney / CNET:
IT spending to rise just 2 percent this year, says Gartner  —  The new forecast is down from the prior projection of 4.1 percent, due largely to changes in U.S. dollar exchange rates.  —  Global IT spend will likely hit $3.7 trillion this year, inching up just 2 percent from 2012's $3.6 trillion, research firm Gartner said today.

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