July 4, 2014, 5:50 AM

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Investigation of leaked source code reveals NSA tracks users of Tor website, calls visitors to Tails and Linux Journal sites “extremists”  —  NSA targets the privacy-conscious  —  The investigation discloses the following: Two servers in Germany - in Berlin and Nuremberg - are under surveillance by the NSA.
Kevin Montgomery / Gawker:
Restaurant Reservation Scalping Site Is Everything Wrong with SF  —  There are two things startups shouldn't f**k with in San Francisco.  One is parking, and the other is restaurants.  San Francisco is, after all, a city of foodies.  Techies write bots to score competitive reservations.
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Google's webspam lead Matt Cutts taking leave for a “few” months after 15 years at the company  —  On Leave  —  I wanted to let folks know that I'm about to take a few months of leave.  When I joined Google, my wife and I agreed that I would work for 4-5 years, and then she'd get to see more of me.
Kellex / Droid Life:
Verizon Prepaid is Finally Getting 4G LTE, Likely on July 17  —  According to sources of ours, Verizon prepaid is finally getting access to the carrier's massive 4G LTE network come July 17.  As those of you in the prepaid game know, Verizon has lagged behind others in terms of prepaid data speeds …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Becomes A Local Party Discovery Tool With “Events For You” Redesign  —  Just because you weren't invited, doesn't mean Facebook can't help you crash the party.  Facebook Events on the web got a slick visual overhaul today that includes a new “Events For You” tab that recommends gatherings …
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Music Streaming Eats Downloads With On-Demand Up 42% Over 2013, Digital Sales Down 12%  —  Nielsen's U.S. music report on the first half of 2014 shows digital music consumption rapidly shifting from downloads to streaming.  On-demand streaming was up 42% over the first half of 2013, racking up 70 billion play in the first half of 2014.
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Pew study: biggest threats to internet in next 20 years are government and online corporations  —  Researchers asked 1,400 experts to describe the biggest threats to the Web.  Here's what they said.  —  What are the biggest threats to the Internet in the next 20 years?

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