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December 9, 2013, 3:30 PM

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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 …
James Ball / Guardian:
Revealed: spy agencies' covert push to infiltrate virtual world of online games  —  NSA and GCHQ collect gamers' chats and deploy real-life agents into World of Warcraft and Second Life  —  Read the NSA document Exploiting Terrorist Use of Games & Virtual Environments
Lorraine Luk / Digits:
China Mobile to Accept iPhone Orders This Week  —  China Mobile Ltd. plans to take preorders for Apple Inc.'s iPhones from Thursday in Shanghai, according to an advertisement on its website, as the world's largest mobile carrier by subscribers moves closer to launching high-speed fourth-generation mobile services in the country.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Stealth payment startup Clinkle lays off 25% of staff  —  Layoffs at stealth payment startup Clinkle  —  Clinkle still wants to kill Square.  But first it needs to get its own house in order.  —  FORTUNE — Clinkle, a stealthy mobile payment startup that recently raised …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Snapchat Files For A Restraining Order, Accuses Ousted Founder Of Leaking Confidential Court Docs  —  Snapchat has filed for a temporary restraining order against Reggie Brown, the man who claims to have invented the idea for disappearing messages.  According to court documents filed today …
Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez / San Francisco Bay Guardian:
VIDEO: Google bus rider shouts down protesters as they block private Google shuttle  —  Protesters blocked a private Google shuttle on Valencia street today, decrying private shuttle's use of public bus stops without paying fees or fines.  —  The group of 20 or so neon-yellow vested protesters …
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Marissa Mayer's Next Big Acquisition Could Be Imgur, The Photo-Sharing Site Reddit Loves  —  This fall, Yahoo began serious talks to buy photo-sharing site Imgur, a source with first-hand knowledge of those discussions tells us.  —  Since she joined Yahoo in July 2012, CEO Marissa Mayer has acquired dozens of startups.
More: Valleywag and Softpedia NewsTweets: @nitashatikuThanks:@stevekovach
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Flipboard Raises Another $50 Million To Close Out Its Series C Round  —  Flipboard has confirmed that it raised an additional $50 million, which will close out the Series C round of financing that it brought on in September.  In addition to the new funding, Flipboard is also announcing …
More: AllThingsD and Forbes
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Google Launches Google+ Social Ads on Other Sites  —  Advertisers can plug anything they want on Facebook and Twitter for free.  And if they pay up, they can take those posts and transform them into “native” ads, so more people can see them.  —  Now Google is trying the same thing with its Google+ social network.
Enricko Lukman / Tech in Asia:
Lazada raises $250 million, totalling $486 million so far  —  Rocket Internet's e-commerce ventures are on a roll.  After just recently announcing $112 million in funding for fashion e-commerce sites Zalora and The Iconic last week, today its sister site Lazada also announces …
More: TechCrunch and BloombergThanks:@williswee
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
“Hour of Code” Calls on Students to Program Computers, With Support From Obama (and the Republicans, Too!)  —  By now you may have heard about the United States' woeful lack of public coding classes, despite the economy's ever-growing need for technical workers.
Nicole Lee / Engadget:
Square reveals thinner and more accurate mobile credit card reader  —  As Square spreads its wings to Japan, starts a new cash-by-email service and retools its mobile apps, the humble credit card reader that started it all hasn't received much attention of late.

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