July 2, 2013, 8:50 AM

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Mark Pincus / Zynga Company Blog:
Big Day  —  Our Founder Mark Pincus today sent a note to employees outlining some important leadership changes.  Please find his note, posted in its entirety, below.  —  To our Zynga employees, players and shareholders,  —  Today is a big day.  I'm excited to announce that Don Mattrick …
Steve Ballmer email to employees on Don Mattrick transition  —  Text of an internal e-mail from Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer to employees regarding changes in leadership within the Interactive Entertainment Business group.  —  From: Steve Ballmer  —  To: Microsoft - All Employees
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
In Major Hire, Zynga Confirms Xbox Head Don Mattrick as New CEO, Taking Over From Mark Pincus  —  As AllThingsD reported earlier today, Zynga confirmed that it has hired Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment President Don Mattrick as its new CEO.  —  In a press release …
Spiegel Online:
How the NSA Targets Germany and Europe  —  Top secret documents detail the mass scope of efforts by the United States to spy on Germany and Europe.  Each month, the NSA monitors a half a billion communications and EU buildings are bugged.  The scandal poses a threat to trans-Atlantic relations.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
The Bing challenge: with iOS 7 and Windows 8.1, search could be Microsoft's new platform  —  Redmond opens up to developers to take on Google  —  Earlier this year, the head of Microsoft's search team, Qi Lu, unveiled a new approach for Bing: the concept of a broad search platform that could feed …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Apple is planning a solar panel farm for its data center in Reno  —  Apple, working with Nevada utility NV Energy, is planning to build another solar panel farm next to a data center, and this time it's for its new data center in Reno, Nevada.  Apple has already been building two solar panel farms next …
Erik Hayden / Hollywood Reporter:
Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian Joins The Verge to Host Web Series (Exclusive)  —  The entrepreneur teams with Joshua Topolsky's tech site for a ten-part series on startups.  —  Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is teaming up with Joshua Topolsky's The Verge for a 10-part web series that tells …
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Edward Joseph Snowden / WikiLeaks:
Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow  —  One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth.  My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will.
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Two malware programs help each other stay on computers  —  Two malicious software programs that help each other stay on computers are proving difficult to remove.  —  The programs work together by alternately downloading slighter different variations of the other in an attempt to evade antivirus software …
Marcus Wohlsen / Wired:
Email Is Crushing Twitter, Facebook for Selling Stuff Online  —  In 2013, no company can expect to be taken seriously if it's not on Facebook or Twitter.  An endless stream (no pun intended) of advice from marketing consultants warns businesses that they need to “get” social or risk becoming …
Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
An Unstoppable Climb in C.E.O. Pay  —  WHEN we made our annual foray into the executive pay gold mine in April, chief executives' earnings for 2012 showed what appeared to be muted growth on the year.  The $14 million in median overall compensation received by the top 100 C.E.O.'s …
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Foursquare teams up with music streaming service Deezer to incentivize check-ins at live concerts  —  Foursquare's long-term monetization strategy relies on offering other businesses large quantities of user data, so it's perhaps not surprising that the company has partnered with Deezer today …
More: DEEZER and TechCrunch
Thomas Gryta / Digits:
Sprint's Nextel Network Is Finally No More  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. has finally shut down the Nextel network, with the death blow coming in the form of a software code during the wee hours Sunday.  —  Sprint bought Nextel for $35 billion in 2005, in a deal that is widely viewed as disastrous …
Kevin Roose / New York Magazine:
The Winklevoss Twins Are Starting a Bitcoin Fund  —  In case you've been hankering to invest your hard-earned money in an exchange-traded fund run by two handsome, square-jawed brothers whose claim to fame is having been played by Armie Hammer in a movie about having a world-changing company stolen …

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