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June 6, 2014, 10:10 AM

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Juliette Garside / Guardian:
New report from Vodafone reveals secret wires across 29 countries for govt surveillance  —  Vodafone reveals existence of secret wires that allow state surveillance  —  Wires allow agencies to listen to or record live conversations, in what privacy campaigners are calling a ‘nightmare scenario’
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Verizon sends Netflix cease and desist over streaming quality warnings  —  Verizon has sent a cease and desist order to Netflix demanding that it stop presenting its subscribers with messages blaming Verizon's network for poor streaming performance, according to CNBC.
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Q&A with WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton on the Facebook deal, user privacy, and more  —  WhatsApp Co-Founder Brian Acton Talks About Not Getting “Swallowed By The Borg” At StartX  —  In his first speaking engagement ever, at tonight's StartX event, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton talked …
Kevin C. Tofel / Gigaom:
Grab the remote: Chromebooks can now watch Play Movies, TV shows offline  —  After what seemed an eternity, Google Chromebook owners can finally watch Google Play video content offline on their devices.  Earlier last month Google announced this requested feature was coming and on Thursday night …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Acquires Stealth Messaging Startup Droptalk  —  Dropbox has swallowed up another early stage startup, this one a stealthy company called Droptalk which was developing a tool that allowed you to share links privately with friends via a Chrome extension, to be followed by both iOS and Android applications.
Jonathan Vanian / Gigaom:
LinkedIn upgrades its search engine and ditches an array of open source extensions  —  LinkedIn has overhauled its search engine infrastructure in favor of a new system dubbed Galene, a homegrown engine designed to improve search results and problems with maintenance, the company plans to announce Thursday.
Brad Molen / Engadget:
A look at Google's Tegra K1-powered 3D-mapping Project Tango tablet dev kit, available for $1024 later this month  —  Google's secretive 3D-mapping project now has a tablet: here it is  —  Comprehending the world around us is something we humans take for granted, but it's not so easy for our technology.
Lori Aratani / Washington Post:
Virginia DMV sends Uber, Lyft cease & desist letters; companies continue operation regardless  —  Virginia officials order Uber, Lyft to stop operating in the state  —  This post has been updated.  —  The war between app-based ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft and the state of Virginia is escalating.

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