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June 7, 2013, 2:20 PM

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Washington Post:
U.S. intelligence mining data from nine U.S. Internet companies in broad secret program  —  The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection logs …
Carl Franzen / The Verge:
President Obama on NSA spying: Congress has known about it and approved for years  —  President Obama delivered his first public statements on the massive government surveillance efforts targeting millions of ordinary citizens, which were revealed by leaked documents published online earlier this week.
Washington Post:
NSA slides explain the PRISM data-collection program  —  Through a Top-Secret program authorized by federal judges working under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), the U.S. intelligence community can gain access to the servers of nine internet companies for a wide range of digital data.
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Triangulating On Truth - The Totalitarian State  —  The Guardian breaks a big story yesterday - a court document authorizing the FBI and NSA to secretly collect customer phone records.  All of them, for all Verizon customers.  —  Then today the Washington Post breaks an even bigger story …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Apple Signs Sony Up for iRadio, Now Has All Three Major Music Labels On Board  —  Sony Music has signed on to Apple's forthcoming iRadio service, according to a person familiar with negotiations between the two companies.  —  The deal means Apple now has agreements with all three major music labels.
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Samsung Electronics loses $12 billion market value on smartphone worries  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co lost $12 billion in market value on Friday, hit by brokerage downgrades that have underscored concerns about slowing sales of its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Android game console GamePop does the unthinkable, brings iOS games to TV with ‘Looking Glass’  —  In case you hadn't heard: BlueStacks, the company with around 10M+ using its technology that brings Android games to PC and Mac, has recently been working on a new dedicated Android gaming console …
Businessweek:
Google Wallet Is Leaking Money  —  Google Wallet (GOOG), the mobile software that allows Android users to pay for purchases online and in stores with their phones, has become a money pit.  The company has dedicated hundreds of developers to Wallet and spent about $300 million to acquire digital payment startups to help develop the app.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows 8.1 Start button demonstrated fully in new video  —  Microsoft demonstrated a number of new features in Windows 8.1 earlier this week, but the company briefly showed the return of the Start button and avoided any details on how it visually works.  During Computex this week the company took …
USA Today:
Google allows ads for illegal drugs, state AG says  —  Google still is allowing ads for illegal online pharmacies that sell dangerous or counterfeit drugs without a prescription, Mississippi state Attorney General Jim Hood charged Thursday.  —  The Internet giant paid $500 million in 2011 …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
YouTube Founders Hurley And Chen Have Released An Asian Clone Of Vine  —  AVOS Systems, the company founded by YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, has just launched a new app that appears to be a Chinese version of Twitter's popular six-second video-sharing app, Vine.

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Microsoft:
Winning hackathon project now helping millions read and write  —  Teacher Merlyne Graves used to spend hours recording for her students who struggled with reading.  Not any more.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
It's go time for Go Zoho!  —  It's not often that you hear of a tech company taking a vintage Airstream trailer on the road to help users in their own neighborhood.  Then again, Zoho's no ordinary tech company.

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