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July 7, 2013, 1:25 PM

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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
In Secret, Court Vastly Broadens Powers of N.S.A.  —  WASHINGTON — In more than a dozen classified rulings, the nation's surveillance court has created a secret body of law giving the National Security Agency the power to amass vast collections of data on Americans while pursuing not only terrorism suspects …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Microsoft Quietly Shuts Down MSN TV, Once Known as WebTV  —  Microsoft said that its MSN TV service will be closing down at the end of September, in a post on its Web site and in an email to users.  —  MSN TV, of course, was born of WebTV, which was thought up by well-known entrepreneur Steve Perlman.
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Samsung Cuts Its Forecast as Sales Growth Slows for Its Costliest Smartphones  —  Samsung Electronics may be having the same problem Apple has: nearly everyone in the world who can afford an expensive smartphone has one already.  —  Samsung, the largest maker of consumer electronics …
Emily Chung / CBC News:
Ultrafast internet service launched by Vancouver start-up  —  OneGigabit to offer Google Fiber-like internet speeds for $45 to $65 a month  —  A new Vancouver-based internet provider says it will be offering fibre internet at a speed of one gigabit per second — 60 times faster than the Canadian average …
Chris O'Brien / Los Angeles Times:
Bitcoin community reacts to Winklevoss public offering plans  —  Tyler Winkelvoss, left, and his twin, Cameron Winklevoss, want to give investors a piece of the Bitcoin virtual currency.  (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times / February 9, 2010)  —  The Winklevoss twins earlier this week confirmed plans …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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