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June 12, 2013, 9:50 AM

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David Drummond / The Official Google Blog:
Asking the U.S. government to allow Google to publish more national security request data  —  This morning we sent the following letter to the offices of the Attorney General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Read the full text below.  -Ed.  —  Dear Attorney General Holder and Director Mueller
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Google's Real Secret Spy Program?  Secure FTP  —  Google does not participate in any government program involving a lockbox or other equipment installed at its facilities to transfer court-ordered data to the government, a company spokesman says, refuting with some finality one of the lingering theories about the NSA's PRISM program.
Daniel Cawrey / CoinDesk:
PRISM's effect on bitcoin prices  —  Say what you will about the revealing of the US government's program for phone surveillance as well as data collection from American tech companies known as “PRISM”.  Since the story broke, it has clearly had an effect on the price of bitcoins.  Don't believe it?
Matt McGee / Marketing Land:
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Catwig:
Google Glass Teardown  —  What is this Glass thing anyways?  Google's latest and hottest gadget needs little introduction.  Since its public unveiling in April 2012, the tiny head-mounted Android computer has been collecting controversy and sociological analysis.
iFixit:
MacBook Air 13" Mid 2013 Teardown  —  Apple used its Worldwide Developers Conference to yet again debut a new MacBook Air model.  Join us as we see what 12 months of vintaging has done for the 13" variety of Cupertino's prized ultra-slim laptop.  Step 1 — MacBook Air 13" …
Mark Spoonauer / Laptopmag.com:
Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2013) Review  —  Pros: Very long battery life; Faster flash memory; Improved graphics performance; Excellent keyboard and touchpad; Relatively loud speakers; Great webcam Cons: Lower-res screen than competition; Fan can get noisy when playing games …
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Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Xbox chief: we have a product for people who can't get online, it's called Xbox 360  —  Did you think the Xbox 360 was being kept around just for the budget market?  It turns out Microsoft's got another sort of customer in mind for the revamped last-gen hardware: the crews of nuclear submarines.
Christopher Harrison / The Hill:
Why Pandora bought an FM radio station  —  The internet isn't just the future of radio; it is radio.  Today, 70+ million Americans listen to Pandora, accounting for more than 7 percent of all U.S. radio listening.  Our Music Genome Project, the most comprehensive music analysis ever undertaken …
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
Samsung's Galaxy S4 Zoom official: 16-megapixel cameraphone with 10x optical zoom  —  Samsung is taking the wraps off its new Galaxy S4 Zoom variant today, the latest in a series of spinoffs for its flagship handset.  The phone features a 10x optical zoom lens in front of its 16-megapixel CMOS sensor …
Brian McClendon / The Official Google Blog:
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Fertile Ground  —  One of my favorite patterns in our industry is when the old and established are wiped out by disruption, irrelevance, or changing fashions.  Like a forest fire, clearing out the old is very destructive and shouldn't be taken lightly.  But what's left behind is a clean slate and immense opportunity.
Jessica E. Lessin / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Rising Star: Craig Federighi  —  Software Chief Impresses in the Spotlight at Developers Conference; Now He Must Maintain Loyalty  —  A new frontman for Apple Inc. is emerging.  —  At the company's annual developers conference Monday, little-known executive Craig Federighi got …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
HP and Google Team Up to Offer Small Businesses “IT in a Box”  —  Tech giants Hewlett-Packard and Google just announced a plan in which they will join forces under the banner of Google Apps.  —  HP has become a Google Apps reseller and will package management tools with its PCs, printers and other IT gear.
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld UK Applications:
Windows XP's demise will do more for PC sales than Win 8, HP says  —  XP's parting gift may be just what the PC industry needs  —  LAS VEGAS — Hewlett-Packard executives say that the coming demise of Windows XP may do what Windows 8 could not, and that's boost PC sales significantly.
Jason Gilbert / Yahoo! News:
Netflix to launch user profiles later this summer  —  LOS ANGELES — Sharing your Netflix account with a friend or lover who has dramatically different taste in movies than you do?  Soon, there will be no need to worry about getting your Netflix recommendations all mixed up with theirs.

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