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June 21, 2013, 12:30 AM

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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.
Christopher Mims / Quartz:
It's no accident Facebook made Instagram's new videos exactly as long as a television commercial  —  Facebook is going to get us all watching television ads again.  —  Instagram, the photo-sharing app that Facebook acquired last year, just added the ability to share videos, as well.
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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Instagram Video Vs. Vine: What's The Difference?  —  Instagram just launched video functionality.  Glorious, 15-second, editable video functionality.  Complete with image stabilization.  —  So what does this mean for Vine?  In the end, the competition should give users plenty to be excited about …
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Guardian:
Revealed: the top secret rules that allow NSA to use US data without a warrant  —  Fisa court submissions show broad scope of procedures governing NSA's surveillance of Americans' communication  —  • Document one: procedures used by NSA to target non-US persons
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Samsung goes big with Windows 8-powered Ativ line  —  The Ativ laptops, PCs, and tablet were prominent amid a smorgasbord of product announcements.  —  NEW YORK — The Ativ name may be silly, but Samsung Electronics is betting heavily on it as the namesake for anything related to Windows.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Oracle Shares Fall on Weaker Than Expected Q4 Sales  —  Oracle's earnings results for its fourth fiscal quarter just crossed the wires.  While the bottom line was even with what analysts had expected, sales fell a little short of the consensus again by about $100 million.
Greg Sandoval / The Verge:
The reason it took so long for HBO to get on Apple TV: cable companies  —  HBO built the Apple TV app in-house for the first time ever  —  To some, Apple TV seems like a laggard.  —  The web TV box that Apple has referred to for years as a “hobby” is only now offering access to shows …
Wired:
Introducing Aaron's Law, a Desperately Needed Reform of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act  —  The Internet is up for grabs.  —  Foreign countries want to control it.  Military regimes use it to spy, to oppress, and to attack public and private institutions.  ‘Big Content’ sought to censor it and dismantle its architecture.
Rolfe Winkler / Digits:
WhatsApp Surpasses 250 Million Active Users  —  WhatsApp tells The Wall Street Journal it has more than 250 million monthly active users, the first time it has revealed the scope of its popular smartphone messaging app.  —  The figure is impressive for a company that launched its app …
Wall Street Journal:
How HTC Lost Its Way With Smartphones  —  After product fumbles and two years of share price declines, HTC Corp. Chief Executive Peter Chou knows the inevitable question is coming.  —  “I know you guys want to ask will I quit,” says Mr. Chou, in an interview at the Taiwanese smartphone maker's headquarters on the outskirts of Taipei.
Olivia B. Waxman / TIME:
‘Hell Is Other People’: An Anti-Social Network  —  The slick new app helps you avoid everyone you know.  The catch?  First you have to share exactly where you are  —  By Olivia B. Waxman @OBWaxJune 20, 2013  —  Want to avoid running into people you know at bars and restaurants?

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