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July 1, 2014, 4:50 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 …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
FBI, CIA Use Backdoor Searches To Warrentlessly Spy On Americans' Communications  —  The other shoe just dropped when it comes to how the federal government illegally spies on Americans.  Last summer, the details of the NSA's “backdoor searches” were revealed.
More: Vox
ProPublica:
Bulk or targeted? Foreign or domestic? This handy diagram plots the answer for the NSA programs revealed this past year  —  The NSA Revelations All in One Chart  —  This is a plot of the NSA programs revealed in the past year according to whether they are bulk or targeted …
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 strengthens encryption for Outlook.com and OneDrive, opens Redmond Transparency Center to let governments review source code  —  Advancing our encryption and transparency efforts  —  Vice President, Trustworthy Computing Security, Microsoft  —  In December, we announced …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Google acquires music streaming service Songza for undisclosed amount, will keep product intact for now  —  Google Buys Songza  —  Google has acquired music streaming service Songza after weeks of speculation around a potential buyout.  —  Songza uses information about the user and context …
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.
Mike Kaplinskiy / Vine blog:
Vine introduces ‘loop count’ popularity indicator, updates home and activity feeds  —  Introducing Loop Counts  —  Starting today, you'll see loop counts on Vines in our iOS and Android mobile apps and on the web.  Loop counts indicate how many times people have looped a video …
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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Accidentally Sent Advertisers Receipts And Data For Other People's Ads  —  Last night a sizable number of Facebook advertisers received receipts listing other people's ads, including company names, campaign names, and amount spent.  Sources tipped us off to the bug …
More: FacebookThanks:@joshconstine
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Emojli is a social network composed entirely of emoji  —  Social networks love emoji.  And those better-than-real-words icons love social networks right back.  Emojli is possibly the next step in that blossoming relationship: a social network with “no words, no spam, just emoji.”
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.
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.
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.
Jethro Nededog / The Wrap:
‘Community’ to Return for Season 6 on Yahoo Screen  —  It's Hulu's loss and the fans' gain.  Former NBC comedy “Community” will continue on at Yahoo Screen.  —  In a surprise last-minute deal, the show's producers Sony Pictures Television sold a 13-episode sixth season to the web video service.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
eBay Confirms Shutdown of Small-Business E-Commerce Software Products  —  eBay announced on Tuesday that it would be shutting down its Magento Go and ProStores small-business e-commerce products in early 2015.  The closure of these offerings, which Re/code first reported last week …
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
FTC says T-Mobile made hundreds of millions on crammed text message charges; T-Mobile says accusations are “unfounded and without merit”  —  FTC Alleges T-Mobile Made Millions From Allegedly Bogus Text Message Charges  —  T-Mobile made hundreds of millions of dollars …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Amazon Launches Its Most Affordable EC2 Instances Yet, But There's A Caveat  —  Amazon today launched its most affordable instances for its EC2 cloud computing service yet.  Starting at just $0.013 per hour ($9.50 per month) for on-demand access (reserved instances are even cheaper) …
Tom Huddleston Jr / Fortune:
IAC suspends Tinder CMO Justin Mateen in response to sexual discrimination lawsuit from former marketing VP Whitney Wolfe  —  Tinder has a date with sexual discrimination suit  —  Dating app Tinder has been hit with a sexual discrimination lawsuit filed by its former vice president of marketing.

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