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June 13, 2013, 7:35 AM

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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
NSA revelations only ‘the tip of the iceberg,’ says Dem lawmaker  —  The federal surveillance programs revealed in media reports are just “the tip of the iceberg,” a House Democrat said Wednesday.  —  Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) said lawmakers learned “significantly more” …
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Feds hunted for Snowden in days before NSA programs went public  —  (Reuters) - U.S. government investigators began an urgent search for Edward Snowden several days before the first media reports were published on the government's secret surveillance programs, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
Mark Rumold / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
FISA Court Rejects Catch-22 Secrecy Argument in FOIA Case  —  In the first publicly known victory by a non-government party before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), the secret court today granted a motion filed by EFF related to an ongoing Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
Reuters:
Apple looking at bigger iPhone screens, multiple colours - sources  —  * May launch cheaper iPhones in 5-6 colours - sources  —  * Apple has floated cheaper model price of $99 - source  —  Apple Inc is exploring launching iPhones with bigger screens, as well as cheaper models in a range of colours …
Greg Lindley / Facebook Newsroom:
Public Conversations on Facebook  —  Every day, hundreds of millions of people use Facebook to share their thoughts on big moments happening all around them.  Whether it's talking about a favorite television show, cheering on a hometown sports team or engaging with friends during a breaking news event …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Why does the design of iOS 7 look so different?  —  If you caught Apple's iOS 7 presentation on Monday or have followed any of the numerous bits of coverage, then you know that the home screen icons have quickly become a point of contention.  They're certainly a radical departure from the deep …
Matt Gemmell:
iOS 7  —  Earlier this week, Apple announced and previewed iOS 7.  As widely expected, it sports a new interface aesthetic characterised by strong, simple lines, areas filled with flat or gradient colours, and a lack of ornamentation.  —  I'd like to discuss some aspects of the new UI style here, in comparison to iOS 6.
Valleywag:
Did Path Cheat Its Way to The Top?  —  Path is not a popular app.  Outside of privacy crusaders and various geek niches, it's virtually unknown—a sanctimonious social network built to appeal to Facebook's haters, that ended up appealing to few.  But for some reason, it's spiking in popularity around the world.
Google Research Blog:
Improving Photo Search: A Step Across the Semantic Gap  —  Last month at Google I/O, we showed a major upgrade to the photos experience: you can now easily search your own photos without having to manually label each and every one of them.  This is powered by computer vision and machine learning technology …
More: GigaOM and TechCrunch
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
This is the HTC One Mini  —  The leaks are true: HTC's rumored M4 is indeed the One Mini.  We know because a trusted source in possession of the “petite” 4.3-inch handset has fed us a direct image, while also confirming some specs.  From what we've seen, the few renders and blurrycam shots …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Finnish carrier DNA confirms it will be the first to launch Jolla phones running Sailfish  —  Jolla recently revealed its first phone, and now Finland-based carrier DNA has confirmed it will be the first operator in the world to offer the self-titled handset.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
WhatsApp hits new record after processing 27 billion messages in one day  —  Mobile messaging service WhatsApp has announced record user numbers, after revealing that the service just processed 27 billion messages over a 24 hour period.  That's significantly up on its previous best of 18 billion from the final day of 2012.
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's Acquisition Spree Continues With Conference Calling Startup Rondee  —  Thought Yahoo's acquisition spree would culminate with its $1.1 billion Tumblr purchase?  Well, not so much.  In fact, the buy-happy company made its second acquisition of the day — in two completely different markets, no less.
Rajeev Syal / Guardian:
MPs recommend Google tax inquiry  —  Internet giant's version of events ‘makes no sense’ says all-party committee, which also criticises tax authorities  —  Google should face a comprehensive inquiry into its tax affairs from HM Revenue & Customs, a committee of MPs says …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
IBM Said to Start U.S. Job Cuts Today Amid Global Reduction  —  International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) began cutting U.S. jobs today as part of a plan announced in April to spend $1 billion globally to trim its workforce, according to a person familiar with the move.

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