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December 24, 2013, 12:00 PM

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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:
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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Dennis Fisher / Threatpost:
Stanford Researchers Find Connecting Metadata With User Names is Simple  —  One of the key tenets of the argument that the National Security Agency and some lawmakers have constructed to justify the agency's collection of phone metadata is that the information it's collecting …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Jeremy C. Owens / Mercury News:
Apple hits 2013 high after China Mobile deal, Facebook and Twitter reach records  —  A woman using a phone walks past Apple's logo near its retail outlet in Beijing Monday, Dec. 23, 2013.  Apple and China Mobile announced a long-anticipated agreement Monday to bring the iPhone to the world's biggest phone company.
Blair Hanley Frank / GeekWire:
Microsoft plans massive new data center in Quincy, Wash., paying $11M for 200 acres  —  Microsoft has reached a deal to buy another 200 acres of land in Quincy, Wash. which it plans to use as a home for a new, massive data center.  The deal, as reported by the Seattle Times and others …

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