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June 9, 2013, 3:15 PM

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Guardian:
Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind revelations of NSA surveillance  —  The 29-year-old source behind the biggest intelligence leak in the NSA's history explains his motives, his uncertain future and why he never intended on hiding in the shadows  —  • NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: ‘I do not expect to see home again’
Washington Post:
U.S., company officials: Internet surveillance does not indiscriminately mine data  —  The director of national intelligence on Saturday stepped up his public defense of a top-secret government data surveillance program as technology companies began privately explaining the mechanics of its use.
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Government Says Secret Court Opinion on Law Underlying PRISM Program Needs to Stay Secret  —  In a rare public filing in the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), the Justice Department today urged continued secrecy for a 2011 FISC opinion that found the National Security …
More: TechSpot, Wired and Mashable
Christopher Soghoian / slight paranoia:
Analyzing Yahoo's PRISM non-denial  —  Today, Yahoo's General Counsel posted a carefully worded denial regarding the company's alleged participation in the NSA PRISM program.  To the casual observer, it might seem like a categorical denial.  I do not believe that Yahoo's denial is as straightforward as it seems.
More: Network World and emptywheelTweets: @csoghoian
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.
Reuters:
Spy agency seeks criminal probe into leaks  —  (Reuters) - A U.S. intelligence agency requested a criminal probe on Saturday into the leak of highly classified information about secret surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency, a spokesman for the intelligence chief's office said.
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Globes Online:
Google set to acquire Waze for $1.3b  —  The acquisition of the Israeli navigation app and traffic report start up will be completed after months of speculation involving Google, Facebook and Apple.  —  Sources inform “Globes” that Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) will acquire Waze Ltd. for $1.3 billion.
Andy Fixmer / Bloomberg:
Rdio's Larner to Step Down as CEO of Streaming Service  —  Rdio Inc. Chief Executive Officer Drew Larner is leading a search for a new CEO to expand efforts to sell combined music and video subscriptions to the streaming entertainment service.  —  After a transition period, Larner …
Jennifer Van Grove / CNET:
Ask.fm, the troubling secret playground of tweens and teens  —  Insanely popular with kids, the question-and-answer service thrives on anonymity, making it fun and dangerous.  —  Spy on Ask.fm's public stream and you'll feel like you've been transported back to middle school …
More: The Verge
Matt McGee / Marketing Land:
Vine Passes Instagram In Total Twitter Shares  —  Still not sure about the idea of making and sharing six-second looping videos?  Consider this: On Friday there were more Vines shared on Twitter than Instagram photos.  —  According to Topsy Analytics, there were about 2.37 million links …
More: T3 News and The Verge
Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Disruptions: Celebrities' Product Plugs on Social Media Draw Scrutiny  —  In 1982, Bill Cosby appeared on television showing off a snazzy new computer.  “Looking for a powerful home computer?” he said as he waved his hands over a Texas Instruments PC that looks archaic now.  “This is the one!

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