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July 1, 2014, 1:20 PM

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Washington Post:
New Snowden documents show FISA court authorized NSA to spy on all but four foreign countries  —  Court gave NSA broad leeway in surveillance, documents show  —  Virtually no foreign government is off-limits for the National Security Agency, which has been authorized to intercept information …
Robert McMillan / Wired:
Recent hires suggest Apple is forming its own speech recognition team for a neural-net-boosted Siri  —  Siri Will Soon Understand You a Whole Lot Better  —  It all started at a small academic get-together in Whistler, British Columbia.  —  The topic was speech recognition …
Matt Thomlinson / TechNet Blogs:
Microsoft adds Transport Layer Security to Outlook.com, Perfect Forward Secrecy encryption support to Outlook.com and OneDrive  —  Advancing our encryption and transparency efforts  —  Vice President, Trustworthy Computing Security, Microsoft  —  In December, we announced our commitment …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Twitter names ex-Goldman banker Anthony Noto CFO, Mike Gupta now Head of Strategic Investments  —  Twitter CFO Steps Down and Is Replaced By Banker Who Took Company Public  —  Twitter said in a filing today that it's CFO Mike Gupta was shifting his job to become an SVP of strategic investments.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
“Buy Now” Buttons Start Appearing in Tweets.  Is Twitter Shopping Finally Here?  —  Two things stand out about the sneakers pictured above in a screenshot from Twitter.  First, their list price is a cool $170 million (though we imagine that's a glitch).  —  Second, there's a “Buy now” button included in the tweet.
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Tumblr “shadow CEO” Derek Gottfrid is out according to internal email from David Karp  —  One The Most Important People At Tumblr — Derek Gottfrid — Is Out Of The Company  —  A key Tumblr employee is out of the company.  —  Derek Gottfrid, who joined from the New York Times in 2010 …
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Android Wear review: Fast notifications, accurate voice commands, but still feels like a beta  —  Android Wear software review: Smartwatch software that doesn't suck  —  Google wearables: take two.  —  Believe it or not, Google has been a leader in the wearables space for some time with Google Glass.
Kashmir Hill / Forbes:
Facebook Added ‘Research’ To User Agreement 4 Months After Emotion Manipulation Study  —  Unless you've spent the last couple of days in a Faraday pouch under a rock, you've heard about Facebook's controversial ‘emotion manipulation’ study.  Facebook data scientist Adam Kramer ran an experiment …
Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
Samsung reveals the mini version of its Galaxy S5 smartphone, will go on sale in Russia first  —  Samsung has taken the wraps off the mini version of its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone.  The 4.5-inch Galaxy S5 mini has pretty much the same features as its parent device, featuring IP67 certification …
David Meyer / Gigaom:
UPDATED: PayPal froze account of secure email startup ProtonMail due to “technical problem”  —  The Switzerland-based startup, established by MIT, Harvard and CERN researchers, couldn't access money that crowdfunding backers have given it, because PayPal had frozen its account.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
US book publishers now make more money from online sales than physical stores  —  Brick-and-mortar book stores have clearly been on the decline for a while — just look at Barnes & Noble's rocky finances.  However, there's now some tangible evidence that the pendulum has swung in favor of internet-based sales.
Richard Padilla / MacRumors:
Apple Launches 2014 ‘Back to School’ Promotion with Apple Store Gift Cards Up to $100  —  As indicated yesterday, Apple today launched its annual Back to School promotion offering qualified educational purchasers an Apple Store gift card of $100 with the purchase of a new Mac or a $50 gift card with the purchase of an iPad or iPhone.
Charles Hudson / Charles Hudson's Weblog:
Competing with LinkedIn and the Case Against Unbundling  —  I've been thinking about LinkedIn quite a bit lately.  I think LinkedIn is really interesting because in many ways I think it is one of the most durable and hard to disrupt companies that sit at the intersection of SaaS and social networking.
Julian Chokkattu / TechCrunch:
US National Archives To Upload All Holdings To Wikimedia Commons  —  Ever since the National Archives and Record Administration launched the Open Government Plan in 2010, it has increasingly been uploading content to Wikipedia to digitize and gain a wider reach for its holdings.
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