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June 20, 2013, 2:20 PM

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Kevin Systrom / Instagram Blog:
Introducing Video on Instagram  —  Over the past two and a half years, Instagram has become a community where you can capture and share the world's moments simply and beautifully.  Some moments, however, need more than a static image to come to life.  Until now these stories have been missing from Instagram.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Instagram Launches 15-Second Video Sharing Feature, With 13 Filters And Editing  —  Instagram, the immensely popular photo-sharing app that was acquired by Facebook in a $1 billion deal last year, is not just for photos anymore.  —  At a press event at Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters …
New York Times:
Web's Reach Binds N.S.A. and Silicon Valley Leaders  —  WASHINGTON — When Max Kelly, the chief security officer for Facebook, left the social media company in 2010, he did not go to Google, Twitter or a similar Silicon Valley concern.  Instead the man who was responsible for protecting …
Peter Cohan / Forbes:
Project Chess: How U.S. Snoops On Your Skype  —  If you thought that the U.S. government only tracks meta-data on your calls or scoops up your Facebook page and YouTube videos, think again.  Skype — a subsidiary of Microsoft since October 2011 when Redmond bought it for $8.5 billion …
Mat Honan / Wired:
Inside Digg's Race to Build the New Google Reader  —  Andrew McLaughlin is, like, California-enthusiastic.  Like, we're-totally-going-to-do-this- guys enthusiastic.  The 43 year-old CEO of the recently re-imagined Digg is a believer in the way the Internet can make the world better.
Adam Pasick / Quartz:
Google admits those infamous brainteasers were completely useless for hiring  —  You can stop counting how many golfballs will fit in a schoolbus now.  —  Google has admitted that the headscratching questions it once used to quiz job applicants (How many piano tuners are there in the entire world?
Bloomberg:
Google Gets 3 Months to Fix Privacy or Face French Fines  —  France gave Google Inc. (GOOG) (GOOG) three months to amend its policy regarding Internet users' data to avoid fines, and said five other European countries will follow suit by the end of July.  —  The U.S. search engine giant …
Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
NVIDIA's Shield now $300, arrives on June 27th (video)  —  Even before hitting store shelves, NVIDIA's Shield is shedding $50 from its original $350 asking price — the little Android portable gaming console will cost $300 when it arrives at retail on June 27th.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
Google Fiber spawns startup renaissance in Kansas City  —  Google's super-fast Internet service launched a year ago in Kansas City.  CNET's Marguerite Reardon takes a look at the impact it has on the local startup scene.  —  KANSAS CITY, Kan. —The modest two-story bungalow on State Line Road looks …
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Don Mattrick / Xbox Wire:
Your Feedback Matters - Update on Xbox One  —  Last week at E3, the excitement, creativity and future of our industry was on display for a global audience.  —  For us, the future comes in the form of Xbox One, a system designed to be the best place to play games this year and for many years to come.
Alyn Griffiths / Dezeen:
Interview with Richard Sapper on turning down a job at Apple  —  Interview: German industrial designer Richard Sapper has launched a new website chronicling his work dating back to the 1950s.  In an interview looking back on his career he tells Dezeen how he turned down the chance to work at Apple …
Businessweek:
Booz Allen, the World's Most Profitable Spy Organization  —  In 1940, a year before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Navy began to think about what a war with Germany would look like.  The admirals worried in particular about the Kriegsmarine's fleet of U-boats, which were preying …
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Anurag Kotoky / Reuters:
India sets up elaborate system to tap phone calls, e-mail  —  (Reuters) - India has launched a wide-ranging surveillance program that will give its security agencies and even income tax officials the ability to tap directly into e-mails and phone calls without oversight by courts or parliament, several sources said.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
The Case For And Against Candy Crush-Maker King's Possible IPO  —  Zynga cast a long shadow when its stock tanked by about 75 percent in the first year after going public.  But that apparently isn't scaring off other contenders in the gaming industry from an IPO.
More: VentureBeatThanks:@techcrunch
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Cisco to acquire Composite Software for $180M  —  Summary: The networking giant wants to bolster its data virtualization software and services portfolio with the acquisition, which will build on its existing unified platform.  —  Zack Whittaker  —  Cisco said on Thursday its intention …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
YouTube Says It Will Bring Advertisers Into Its Partner Program, Starting This Fall  —  YouTube just announced (as part of this week's Cannes Lions advertising event) that it's expanding its partner program to include advertisers.  —  The program already provides the top YouTube content creators …
Ashley Feinberg / Gizmodo:
Best Buy Is Recalling Thousands of MacBook Pro Batteries Over Fire Risk  —  Best Buy is recalling 5,100 third-party replacement MacBook Pro batteries after the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported 13 separate cases in which the batteries caught fire, at least one causing serious injury.

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