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July 9, 2013, 4:00 AM

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Rebecca Jeschke / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Federal Judge Allows EFF's NSA Mass Spying Case to Proceed  —  Rejects Government's State Secret Privilege Claims in Jewel v. NSA and Shubert v. Obama  —  San Francisco - A federal judge today rejected the U.S. government's latest attempt to dismiss the Electronic Frontier Foundation's …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Todd Hoff / High Scalability:
The Architecture Twitter Uses to Deal with 150M Active Users, 300K QPS, a 22 MB/S Firehose, and Send Tweets in Under 5 Seconds  —  Toy solutions solving Twitter's “problems” are a favorite scalability trope.  Everybody has this idea that Twitter is easy.  With a little architectural hand waving …
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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
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 …
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.

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