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April 13, 2014, 12:40 PM

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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Obama Lets N.S.A. Exploit Some Internet Flaws, Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — Stepping into a heated debate within the nation's intelligence agencies, President Obama has decided that when the National Security Agency discovers major flaws in Internet security, it should — in most circumstances …
Megan Geuss / Ars Technica:
Private crypto keys are accessible to Heartbleed hackers, new data shows  —  Contrary to previous suspicions, it is possible for hackers exploiting the catastrophic vulnerability dubbed Heartbleed to extract private encryption keys from vulnerable websites, Web services firm Cloudflare reported Saturday.
Julian Sanchez / Guardian:
Even if the NSA first learned about Heartbleed this April, it could use the bug to decrypt data retained prior to that  —  The NSA's Heartbleed problem is the problem with the NSA  —  What the agency's denial isn't telling you: it didn't even need know about the bug to vacuum your privacy and store it indefinitely
Kyle Russell / Business Insider:
A BI reporter whose Google Glass was stolen off his face in SF on Friday reflects on the city's tech protests  —  I Was Assaulted For Wearing Google Glass In The Wrong Part Of San Francisco  —  On Friday night, I was assaulted while walking down the sidewalk in the Mission District of San Francisco.
Washington Post:
Google, once disdainful of lobbying, now a master of Washington influence  —  In May 2012, the law school at George Mason University hosted a forum billed as a “vibrant discussion” about Internet search competition.  Many of the major players in the field were there — regulators …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Jeff Bezos is making payments a top area of focus and investment at Amazon  —  Jeff Bezos to Amazon Payments Team: Move Faster  —  The payments industry has been waiting for years for Amazon, with its 215 million credit cards on file, to flex its muscles.  Apparently, CEO Jeff Bezos has been, too.
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Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
“Brightest Flashlight” Android app disclosed location of 50 million people, but FTC imposes no fine  —  Even judging by the low standards of creepy data-mining apps, “Brightest Flashlight” did something pretty egregious.  The free app, which was installed by at least 50 million Android users …
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Zenon Evans / Hit & Run:
Let Me Google That For You Act aims to close federal agency selling copies of freely downloadable documents  —  Sen. Coburn: Replace National Technology Information Service with Google and Save Millions  —  The National Technology Information Service (NTIS) will sell you a paper copy …

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