June 6, 2014, 11:00 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 …
Joon Ian Wong / CoinDesk:
Bitcoin VC Investment This Year Already 30% Higher Than 2013's Total  —  The amount of venture capital raised by bitcoin startups this year has already surpassed the total amount raised in 2013 by more than $27m.  —  So far in 2014, $115.2m has flowed into bitcoin businesses …
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.
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.

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