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December 24, 2013, 9:05 AM

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Barton Gellman / Washington Post:
Snowden says “the mission's already accomplished”, and he first shared concerns with numerous NSA co-workers  —  Edward Snowden, after months of NSA revelations, says his mission's accomplished  —  MOSCOW — The familiar voice on the hotel room phone did not waste words.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
The National Security Agency's oversharing problem  —  The National Security Operations Center at NSA, photographed in 2012—the nerve center of the NSA's “signals intelligence” monitoring.  —  National Security Agency  —  In the days after the attacks on September 11, 2001 …
Bloomberg:
Apple-Backed Rockstar Said to Hold Discussions to Sell Patents  —  A consortium created by Apple Inc. (AAPL), Microsoft Corp. and other technology companies to acquire $4.5 billion of patents from Nortel Networks Corp. in 2011 is holding discussions to sell a portion of those patents, according to people with knowledge of the plans.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple acquired mapping firm BroadMap's talent, location-infused Evernote competitor Catch  —  Apple has been on a roll this year in terms of acquisitions.  According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the Cupertino firm acquired 15 companies this year, but only ten have been revealed.
BBC:
Mariposa botnet ‘mastermind’ jailed in Slovenia  —  A hacker accused of masterminding one of the biggest ever botnets has been sentenced to just under 5 years in jail.  —  Matjaz Skorjanc was arrested in 2010 after a two-year investigation into malware that had hijacked about 12.7 million computers around the world.
Bloomberg:
Italy Approves ‘Google Tax’ on Internet Companies  —  Italy's Parliament today passed a new measure on web advertising, the so-called “Google tax,” which will require Italian companies to purchase their Internet ads from locally registered companies, instead of from units based in havens such as Ireland, Luxembourg and Bermuda.
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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Prestigious speaker Mikko Hypponen cancels RSA talk to protest NSA deal  —  Friday's report that RSA received $10 million to make an NSA-favored random number generator the default setting in its BSAFE crypto tool aren't yet creating any problems on Wall Street, with stock for parent company EMC rising 2 percent on Monday.
Will Connors / Digits:
With New Outsourcing Deal, BlackBerry Cancels Two Phones  —  A small item from BlackBerry's earnings-related filing Friday got lost in the news of its hardware partnership with Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group-sales of its new phones have been so bad that BlackBerry was forced to cancel the rollout of two not-yet-released phones.
BBC:
Royal pardon for codebreaker Alan Turing  —  Computer pioneer and codebreaker Alan Turing has been given a posthumous royal pardon.  —  It overturns his 1952 conviction for homosexuality for which he was punished by being chemically castrated.  —  The conviction meant he lost …

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