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December 9, 2013, 6:20 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 …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's “Threshold” could include three SKUs (modern, traditional, and enterprise) built on common Windows core  —  More on Microsoft's SKU-morphic Windows vision  —  Summary: Microsoft's plans for Windows SKUs is undergoing a transformation.
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Microsoft CEO Search: Stalemate  —  The Microsoft CEO succession process appears to be stalled.  This is a company with immense human, technical, and financial resources; the tech industry is filled with intelligent, energetic, dedicated candidates.  What's wrong with the matchmaking process?
More: ForbesTweets: @monkbent and @counternotions
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, WebProNews 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 …
Joe Eskenazi / On The Media:
Google Bus: Max Bell Alper Is the Boy Who Cried Gentrification  —  Max Bell Alper has befouled his own well.  He's soiled his own bed.  You can use Google to hunt down other apropos analogies.  Busloads of employees roll out of San Francisco every day to make it so.
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.
Bloomberg:
Twitter Rises Most Since IPO Amid Advertising Product Optimism  —  Twitter Inc. rose the most since its initial public offering after enhancements to its advertising products sparked optimism that the social-networking company will grow into its valuation.  —  Twitter gained 8.4 percent …
More: Forbes and Reuters
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
CyanogenMod rolls out encrypted text messaging by default  —  Secure messaging will now be built into the popular Android extension  —  As we continue to read new revelations about the extent of the government's spying on citizens, more people are looking into ways to protect their privacy in emails, texts, and phone calls.

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