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July 9, 2013, 1:25 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Secret Court's Redefinition of ‘Relevant’ Empowered Vast NSA Data-Gathering  —  The National Security Agency's ability to gather phone data on millions of Americans hinges on a secret court ruling that redefined a single word: “relevant.”  The National Security Agency's ability to gather phone data …
More: The Verge and CNETTweets: @kaepora
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Microsoft Restructuring Set for Thursday  —  According to numerous sources close to the situation, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is poised to unveil his plan to drastically restructure the tech giant this week.  And, while timing might change, sources said that the current plan is to make it public on Thursday.
TechCrunch:
TaskRabbit Confirms Layoffs As It Realigns To Focus On Mobile And Enterprise  —  TaskRabbit, the San Francisco startup that runs a marketplace for outsourcing errands and temporary work projects, has laid off a number of staffers as part of a larger restructuring, TechCrunch has learned.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia Lumia 1020 with 41-megapixel camera confirmed in sample photos from Joe Belfiore  —  Nokia's 41-megapixel Windows Phone will be called the Nokia Lumia 1020.  That's according to sample photos posted on Flickr by Microsoft Windows Phone manager Joe Belfiore.
Greg Bensinger / Digits:
Amazon's Diapers.com Founders Jump Ship  —  Amazon's Quidsi unit, home of Diapers.com and Soap.com, has lost its two co-founders.  —  Quidsi Chief Executive Marc Lore and Chief Operating Officer Vinit Bharara have both left the Jersey City, N.J. company.  In automated email replies …
Bradley Brooks / Associated Press:
Brazil opens investigation into US spying … SAO PAULO (AP) — The Brazilian government began an investigation Monday into whether telecommunications firms operating in the country cooperated with the U.S. as part of a spying program that has collected data on billions of telephone and email conversations.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Equifax Buys Identity Protection Startup TrustedID for About $30 Million  —  Data giant Equifax Inc. said it had bought TrustedID, a well-known Silicon Valley identity protection company.  —  While the Atlanta-based company declined to disclose financial terms of the deal …
Jason Del Rey / AllThingsD:
Google, Amazon and Apple Pump Up Ad Spending as Tablet Wars Heat Up  —  Looks like the battle for the hearts of consumer electronics lovers is increasingly playing out in advertisements.  —  Ad Age recently released its list of the Top 200 U.S. advertisers (subscription required) …
More: AdAge and The Drum
Josh Barnes-Hoyt / Twitter Blog:
Direct message sync, mobile search improvements and more  —  People use Twitter to connect to the things and people they care about.  Today, we're making that even easier with a coordinated update for seven different apps: Android, iPhone, iPad, Mac, twitter.com, mobile.twitter.com and TweetDeck.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
US Commerce Department destroyed $170,000 worth of TVs, mice, and more to root out malware  —  Though the US military has been preparing itself for digital warfare, other government agencies still seem to be struggling with how to handle basic cybersecurity: last year, the Department …
Chun Han Wong / Southeast Asia Real Time:
Singapore Defends New Internet Rules … SINGAPORE—Singapore's government, facing growing disquiet from foreign investors over tightened rules on news websites, on Monday defended the new regulations and downplayed concerns over potential impact on business and Web freedoms.

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