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December 9, 2013, 5:05 AM

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Reform Government Surveillance:
Global Government Surveillance Reform  —  The undersigned companies believe that it is time for the world's governments to address the practices and laws regulating government surveillance of individuals and access to their information.  While the undersigned companies understand …
New York Times:
Tech Giants Issue Call for Limits on Government Surveillance of Users  —  Eight prominent technology companies, bruised by revelations of government spying on their customers' data and scrambling to repair the damage to their reputations, are mounting a public campaign to urge President Obama …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
NSA morale down after Edward Snowden revelations, former U.S. officials say  —  Morale has taken a hit at the National Security Agency in the wake of controversy over the agency's surveillance activities, according to former officials who say they are dismayed that President Obama has not visited the agency to show his support.
Stephen Gandel / Fortune:
How to bet against the bitcoin megabubble  —  One reason the virtual currency has been soaring could that figuring out how to profit from its fall is tough.  —  FORTUNE — Can you bet on the likely eventual bitcoin crash?  —  You bet.  But it's an expensive trade.
More: Bloomberg and ForbesTweets: @noupside and @bobmcmillan
USA Today:
Local police get metadata dumps from cellular providers, spoof towers using Stingray devices  —  Cellphone data spying: It's not just the NSA  —  Police maintain that cellphone data can help solve crimes, track fugitives or abducted children — or even foil a terror attack.
Jada F. Smith / New York Times:
Slowly They Modernize: A Federal Agency That Still Uses Floppy Disks  —  WASHINGTON — The technology troubles that plagued the HealthCare.gov website rollout may not have come as a shock to people who work for certain agencies of the government — especially those who still use floppy disks, the cutting-edge technology of the 1980s.
Klint Finley / Wired:
New website ranks database popularity, shows continued growth for non-relational systems  —  New Site Tracks the Cracks in Oracle's Empire  —  Oracle is one of the most successful companies in the history of tech.  But like any tech giant, it can be overturned.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Test Begins: Do Google Shopping & Other Shopping Search Engines Give You The Best Deals?  —  It sounds pretty damning.  Two recent surveys suggest that Google Shopping isn't leading searchers to the best prices on products.  But the surveys weren't well documented …

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Microsoft:
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Intel:
Disrupting the Data Center to Create the Digital Services Economy  —  I had the pleasure of joining Tom Krazit on stage at the Gigaom Structure'14 conference to share Intel's vision of the data center in support of the growth of the digital services economy.
VMware:
Top Five Reasons Why Your Organization Should Consider Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery  —  Few organizations can afford the downtime caused by a disaster.  Those capable of weathering such events usually have the datacenters …
Zoho:
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