June 8, 2013, 10:50 PM

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James Ball / Guardian:
NSA's Prism surveillance program: how it works and what it can do  —  Slide from secret PowerPoint presentation describes how program collects data ‘directly from the servers’ of tech firms  —  • Obama deflects criticism over NSA surveillance  —  Since Prism was first revealed …
Boundless Informant: the NSA's secret tool to track global surveillance data  —  Revealed: The NSA's powerful tool for cataloguing data - including figures on US collection  —  • Boundless Informant: mission outlined in four slides  —  • Read the NSA's frequently asked questions document
Ron Bell / Yahoo!:
Setting the Record Straight  —  We want to set the record straight about stories that Yahoo! has joined a program called PRISM through which we purportedly volunteer information about our users to the U.S. government and give federal agencies access to our user databases.  These claims are false.
More: VentureBeat and The VergeTweets: @marissamayer
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
US Gov't: PRISM Isn't Data Mining System, Doesn't Pull Data Off Servers  —  The United States government has declassified details of its “PRISM” program today, saying it is not a wide-spread data mining system and doesn't “unilaterally” pull information off tech company servers.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Tech Companies, Bristling, Concede to Federal Surveillance Program  —  When government officials came to Silicon Valley to demand easier ways for the world's largest Internet companies to turn over user data as part of a secret surveillance program, the companies bristled.
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Government likely to open criminal probe into NSA leaks: officials  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's administration is likely to open a criminal investigation into the leaking of highly classified documents that revealed the secret surveillance of Americans' telephone and email traffic, U.S. officials said on Friday.
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Leaked Windows Phone screenshots reveal notification center, UI changes, and more  —  Microsoft has previously admitted it “ran out of time” on a Windows Phone notification center, but it looks like the company is testing early future versions of Windows Phone with this feature in place.
Zachary Lutz / Engadget:
Purported Galaxy S 4 Zoom flaunts its profile in multiple leaks  —  Samsung is no stranger to teasing its fans, and with expectations running high that it'll introduce a true cameraphone — the Galaxy S 4 Zoom — in London on June 20th, you'll have to forgive us for being more than curious for what's in store.

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